On Application of TRIZ to Figthing Slavery in Developing Countries

Y. B. Karasik,
Thoughts Guiding Systems Corp.,
Ottawa, Canada.

"Slave labor in developing countries such as Brazil, China and India is fueling part of their huge economic growth", - CNN reports, citing the annual 2008 "Trafficking in Persons Report" released by State Department on June 4th. It is proposed to sanction these countries and ban the products of slave labor from America.

From the standpoint of TRIZ it is an incorrect approach. TRIZ recommends to ban the means of slavery rather than products. The means are, of course, slaveholders. They should be banned from America in the first place. But nothing prevents them from coming here.

There was a slaveholder from India who worked at Nortel as a software engineer. He used to tell that his family owns 20 slaves in India and how they get punished for poor work, to the amusement and delight of his audience. His pockets were always bulging with money (made on slave labor, I guess) and not surprisingly, therefore, that he made a good career at Nortel.

When people apply for visas or immigration to America, there are questions on application forms: "Did you commit war crimes ?" etc. But there is no question: "Do you own slaves ?" May be such a question should be introduced on the immigration forms now ?