walk free logoOur friends at Walk Free in Australia have just released a new audio podcast, featuring FTS Co-Founder Kevin Bales, to explain that we all have a stake in ending modern-day slavery.

It’s called “Slavery is Not a Game.” The 30-minute discussion is a terrific primer on how slavery-tainted raw materials and finished products wind up in homes, offices, schools and stores throughout the world.

Joining Kevin on the podcast is Ben Skinner, author of A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face With Modern-Day Slavery. He’s now the senior vice president of Tau Investment Management. Also, Sasha Lezhnev, senior policy analyst of the Enough Project. He is the author of Crafting Peace: Strategies to Deal with Warlords in Collapsing States.

The podcast can be downloaded for free from the iTunes store, or streamed directly from the Walk Free website.

After you’ve listened, you can did deeper by visiting the FTS website’s special page on eliminating slavery from product supply chains.

There’s been plenty of news coverage since Monday’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report from the U.S. State Department. The report ranks 184 countries on how well they’re combating trafficking and slavery.

On MSNBC and in the Washington Times, stories highlight that the U.S. has nearly doubled the number of countries that may eventually face sanctions if they don’t do more to fight slavery.

Other stories, however, have raised questions about the TIP report’s findings. On CNN, anchor Jim Clancy asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if the TIP process has become “politicized.” (See video of this below). In Time magazine, author Ben Skinner writes that anti-slavery activists are “quietly furious” that several U.S. allies received unwarranted favorable treatment in this year’s TIP rankings.

Read the full 2011 TIP report, and watch Secretary Clinton’s speech unveiling the report, here.