Build a slave-free future together

You don't have to be a superhero to end human trafficking. Get involved in changing the world free from slavery with our NFT auction on November 29th for #CryptoGivingTuesday and our road map project activities.
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Our participating artists

Derry Ainsworth

Twitter: @derryainsworth
Instagram: @derryainsworth
Website: derryainsworth.com

The Next Most Famous Artist

@thenextmostfamousartist
Discord: NusncJACEV
Website: thenextmostfamousartist.com

Ade Adekola

Twitter: @gidi_icons
Instagram: @ade.adekola
Website: adekola.com

ABOUT

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

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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Impactful Funds

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.

IMPACT PROJECTS

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.

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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)

As a non-profit organisation, we help companies tackle human trafficking, like the story above along with many other stories we encounter in various sectors globally.

Artists Involved in Our Project

Derry Ainsworth

“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.”

Ade Adekola

“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.”

our partner

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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