Build a slave-free future together
Our participating artists
Did you know that over 50 million men, women, and children around the
world are currently trapped in
modern slavery? These people work for little or no pay to produce the food that we eat, the clothes
that we wear, the electronics that we buy.
The end of this year marks our 10-year anniversary in working to bring about sustainable business practices against modern slavery and related crimes, such as human trafficking and forced labour.
To celebrate our 10th anniversary and recognise all the hard work of non-profits in the anti-trafficking field, we wanted to do something different to raise awareness on the issue. Something bold and new to provide much-needed awareness on the issue of human trafficking through NFTs.
As such, the club embraced emerging technology and launched the first-ever NFT fundraiser on Cardano Network in collaboration with NMKR, a leading brand developing blockchain-related tools for businesses, artists, developers, and self-starters. Three generous NFT artists are providing digital art and donating funds raised.
Project Road Map
Our community comprises people who speak up together to achieve a world free of human trafficking.
While not everyone can fight the front lines to free enslaved people, our community offers ways to
help get involved to aid our efforts. For example, this year, for our project release, we're
launching by integrating Web3's concept of no borders with three volunteer NFT artists and their 10
NFT artworks up for auction, with a tasked theme to develop 'What does a world without slavery look
like through NFTs?’
By holding this NFT fundraiser, the Mekong Club hopes to include everyone in our vision of a slave-free world in which businesses collectively redefine social sustainability. Whereby working professionals wake up every morning inspired and fulfilled by their work, knowing that children, men, and women who have been victims of criminals' actions can return home safely to their families.
We believe that committing to building this slave-free world together is the best way forward. The greater the public awareness of the issue, the more encouragement the private sector must provide to end modern slavery.
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We intend to use all net proceeds from this NFT fundraiser to support educating people about human
trafficking around the world. The Club will use the funds to share and provide resources to the
private sector to detect and prevent crime to stay ahead of criminals.
The money we have raised over the years is no longer sufficient to expand and scale our work. The funds raised will help us reach more companies to prevent, identify and help victims of human trafficking.
Through one of our projects, we have interviewed over 100,000 workers across factories in Asia to understand their working conditions. We found cases of forced pregnancy testing, workers without employment contracts, and workers who did not have access to clean drinking water. Together, we worked to help those workers and build sustainable solutions to help ensure the problems were fixed and the workers could thrive.
a victim story
“When I was 21 years old, I heard that many factories in Thailand offered work along the ocean peeling shrimp. So I went there. I didn’t know which one had work, so I just chose one. The man who managed the factory said I could have a job. We negotiated a salary of US$50 a month. For me, this was a huge amount of money. But he said I couldn’t leave the factory. I was okay with this. I needed the money so I agreed. After working 18 hours a day for nearly two months, I went to the employer and asked for my pay. He smiled and laughed before saying, “I am sorry, I forgot to mention to you that it costs me US$54 a month to keep you here and I am only paying you US$50. So you owe me money. Until you pay it back, you cannot leave this place.” For three years, I was not able to leave. With armed security guards, barbed wire, and high walls, I couldn’t escape. None of us could. The more I worked, the more debt I owed. With so much work with nothing in return, my heart was filled with hopelessness and despair. If that fire hadn’t brought the authorities, I would never have been able to leave. I lost three years of my life. Gone...stolen from me. Something I can never get back again.” (Myanmar victim – Thailand Exploitation)
Artists Involved in Our Project
“I’m really excited to support The Mekong Club and their fight against modern slavery, by using my skillset I hope to create an art piece that captivates people and raises awareness for this meaningful cause. By creating hopeful, positive artwork - I hope to encourage people to take part and support this initiative.”
The Next Most Famous Artist
“I'm ashamed to have been ignorant of the dark and noxious crevices where modern slavery festers. I hope that through this series of allegorical works, we become aware that modern slavery still exists. It is real, widespread, and it will take our collective effort to fight for the freedom of every affected individual.”
“A better humanity demands societies free of human trafficking and exploitation. When we are unaware of labor lifecycles, we sponsor skewed standards. We make exploitation acceptable if we stay blind to it.”
NMKR is the world's leading brand for creating tools that help companies, artists, developers, and self-starters
develop blockchain products. With a strong emphasis on accessibility, NMKR has created a collection of simple
development APIs and no-code building blocks that can be combined in a modular way and bundled into their core
product NMKR Studio.
NMKR Studio operates on the Cardano blockchain, allowing the transaction fees to be as low as possible while having almost no environmental impact due to the Proof of Stake approach. The additional NMKR Studio service aims directly toward brands and companies to create a white-label API solution by developing a branded NFT marketplace, trading platform, or launching a customised collection. NMKR Studio has currently minted more than 1 million NFTs.
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1. Are NFTs safe?
NFTs are generally secure. However, their owners must also ensure that they remain that way. One method is to choose the safest platform to sell the NFTs and avoid disclosing sensitive wallet information to anyone else. We've teamed up with NMKR, helping us develop and host the auction on their platform. This collaboration will enable us to run fundraisers on a safe and secure donation platform. Suggestions for avoiding NFT fraud include: Always access information from the official website. Users who visit unofficial websites may be exposed to potential fraud vulnerabilities that appear identical to the official website. Here are some tips for distinguishing between official and fake websites: 1. Check that the URL is HTTPS and not HTTP. The former is safe, while the latter is not. 2. Take note of any spelling mistakes in the domain name and the content on the website. Be wary of unusual links. Another common hacker scam is sending gifts or whitelists via suspicious Discord accounts or emails. You should configure your Telegram, Discord, and email NOT to accept messages from unknown or unofficial accounts or addresses. Join official channels, follow only official Twitter accounts, and click only on official links. (1) Examine the account activity. (2) Determine the number of fans/followers. (3) Investigate the account's history. (4) Examine the feedback and participation. NEVER give out your login information or private key to anyone. Your wallet or account is effectively compromised once your private key is shared. Protect your private key.
2) Can I join the community without buying the NFTs?
We welcome everyone to our community to raise vital awareness about human trafficking, whether you purchase an NFT. However, the funds raised in this fundraiser would go a long way toward supporting our vision of a slave-free world.
3) What is the total number of NFTs?
Each artist has ten artworks, including one unique gold piece. We have a capacity of 30 NFTs with three gold addition NFTs for auction.
4) How much will an NFT cost?
The bidding will be in an auction format, with a minimum donation amount on artwork at 5000 ADA. For gold additions artworks, a minimum donation of 10000 ADA is required.
5) How many NFTs can I buy?
There is no limit to how many NFTs an individual can purchase.
6) I don’t know much about crypto; can I use fiat money?
Yes! If you’re not into the crypto space, we’ve chosen Cardano so interested donors preferred method is through a credit card, it will be available during the auction.
7) Is there a Discord?
Unfortunately, at this time, The Mekong Club won't be able to provide a Discord channel, but you can join the artists' discord channel to access information and interact. Stay tuned to our project roadmap for our channel launch in 2023!
8) Why is The Mekong Club holding an NFT fundraiser?
Given the growing global interest in NFTs, The Mekong Club aims to gain international awareness by gathering NFT artists to articulate what a slave-free world would look like. The NFTs also reflect the Club's vision of businesses collaborating to achieve a slave-free world. The NFT fundraiser will also commemorate the Club's tenth anniversary and allow the public to recognise the efforts of non-profits and the United Nations in the anti-trafficking field.
9) How often does The Mekong Club host industry working groups?
Our modern slavery industry working groups are hosted quarterly. During these sessions, we discuss
modern slavery trends, supply chain sustainability, new modern slavery toolkits, and opportunities for new
collaborations, as well as challenges and new considerations such as modern slavery legislation. We also
host ad-hoc additional focus sessions from time to time, where we may focus on a specific topic or risk
area, such as supply chain transparency or modern slavery typologies for a particular industry. These
additional sessions are arranged on request by our Members.
10) How will the NFT be distributed?
There is no whitelisting. All NFTs will go public auction on 29 November for
Our community is taking steps to protect vulnerable people. Learn more about our work