Earlier this week, I received an email that stood out from the torrent of mail that flows into my in-box each day.
"How many slaves work for you?" was the subject line of the note from an organization called Call + Response. 
"Jeez, none, I hope," was, of course, my first response, as I clicked "open" to read the attached message.
It began, "If you are reading this on a computer, smart phone or laptop, you likely have at least three slaves working for you."
I was, in fact, reading the message on a laptop, while my smartphone and new tablet computer sat charging a few inches away on my desk.
This unsettling information came from Slavery Footprint , a new web-based campaign from Call + Response, a non-profit group, helmed by filmmaker/musician Justin Dillon , created in collaboration with the U.S. State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons .
The Slavery Footprint campaign launched Thursday (Sept. 22), which also happened to have been the 149th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation , with the goal of personalizing "the issue of modern slavery by providing people with an assessment of just how much their lifestyle depends on forced labor -- and the steps they can immediately take to help end it."
By following this LINK I was able to plug in some basic information about myself and my lifestyle -- where do I live, do I own or rent, how many children do I have, have many diamonds/leather shoes/electronic gizmos do I own, what are my eating habits, what's in my medicine cabinet, etc., -- and in just a few minutes received the upsetting news that, according to the Slavery Footprint campaigns diagnostics, 52 slaves "work for me."
How did the web-bot calculate my number?
Slavery Footprint explains:
"Using rigorous research and data analysis , the creators estimated the total number of forced laborers likely to have been involved in the production of more than 450 products