‘Made in Bangladesh’ by The Fifth Estate

I’ve often thought about tracing a specific garment from its enslaved maker, to its oblivious owner; and wonder what impact would result…


The Fifth Estate is a Canadian investigative documentary program on CBC Television.

‘Made in Bangladesh’ won the 2014 International Emmy® Award for Current Affairs programming.


My slavery footprint

I stared at my computer screen, utterly deflated, and saddened.

I had just spent close to an hour perfecting my answers.

I had thought my results would reveal a back-patting 11, maybe 13—but, 45?! I have 45 slaves working for me?! What! 

All of me wanted to retake the testSurely it was less.

My thoughts focused in on the sentence below the statistic. Cue rebuke:

Let’s be honest, one is too many.

We own slaves

Last month, I drove to Hamilton, Ontario to spend the day with a dear friend from camp. She took me to 541 Eatery & Exchange where we made ourselves right at home in a cozy corner of the café.

Between chugging warm London Fogs made with coconut milk, and devouring delectable, dairy-free brownies, we journaled, read; chatted about prayer, and Enneagram tests (I took one right there!), and—as memory serves—had just started on social justice, when another kindred soul joined us.

Her words were sobering. “We own slaves,” she contributed.


And there we were.
The three of us.
Slave owners.