Lower Priced Goods Come at a Higher Cost: Slave Labor Imports

There’s a level of trust expected between businesses and their customers. Consumers expect a high degree of integrity in the claims companies make about their products. But while there are laws that require companies to disclose what they are doing about the use of forced labor in their supply chains, businesses such as Nestle and … More Lower Priced Goods Come at a Higher Cost: Slave Labor Imports

Getting Federal Student Loan Relief for College Fraud

Some for-profit schools have misrepresented what they truly offer their students and have engaged in high-pressure sales tactics to encourage enrollment in their programs. While most schools follow the rules, many have been investigated for aggressive recruiting practices, misuse of federal student aid, and high student loan default rates. For-profit schools often use high-pressure sales … More Getting Federal Student Loan Relief for College Fraud

Big Business Has Failed an Entire Generation of Children

On July 14, 2005, three former child slaves filed a class action lawsuit in California federal court against Nestlé, Cargill, and Archer Daniels Midland for being trafficked and forced to work on the cocoa plantations of the Ivory Coast.  The lawsuits seek to hold the companies liable for the torture, forced labour, and arbitrary detention … More Big Business Has Failed an Entire Generation of Children

The Recording of Prisoner Phone Calls: Privacy and the U.S. Constitution

Prison and jail communications is a $1.2 billion a year business.  Securus Technologies, Inc. is leading provider of phone services inside the country’s prisons and jails serving approximately 2,000 correctional facilities and more than 850,000 inmates in 45 states.  The company processes over one million calls per day. Securus’ website claims that its database contains … More The Recording of Prisoner Phone Calls: Privacy and the U.S. Constitution

Sheepskins and False Hopes: Financial Fraud Alleged Against the Academy of Art University

  Can anyone really make a career as a professional artist?  According to the folks at the Academy of Art University, that is the “revolutionary principle” that has taken enrollment through the roof from 2,200 to 16,000, while bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenues from starry-eyed art students subsidized by federal … More Sheepskins and False Hopes: Financial Fraud Alleged Against the Academy of Art University

Possible Debt Relief for Victims of For-Proft College False Advertising

DeVry University is one of the nation’s largest for-profit colleges with nearly $2 billion dollars a year in revenue and over $1 billion dollars in market capitalization.  Now, the government is accusing the school of deceiving consumers about the likelihood of finding a job. The Federal Trade Commission is suing DeVry for misleading consumers about the employment and … More Possible Debt Relief for Victims of For-Proft College False Advertising

New Rate Caps for Prison Phone Calls

Prison and jail phone calls, which typically cost much more than non-prison calls. Loved ones and friends have had to pay up $1 per minute to talk to an incarcerated parent.  This is because many prisons and jails profit by granting monopoly telephone contracts to the company that will charge families the most. Prison phone contracts are based … More New Rate Caps for Prison Phone Calls

Modern Day Slavery: A $150 Billion Business

Human trafficking is the fastest growing means by which people are enslaved, the fastest growing international crime, and one of the largest sources of illegal profits. (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime). $150 billion: ILO report, “Profits and Poverty: The Economics of Forced Labour” (2014) available for download here. According to the International Labour … More Modern Day Slavery: A $150 Billion Business