Heineken, Carlsberg, San Miguel, Stella Artois, Becks, Bass, Anchor, Budweiser … college just wouldn’t be college without them. But based on a recently launched international campaign, maybe you should think twice when selecting your beverage of choice.
The campaign is highlighting the exploitation of South East Asian women who are employed by beer distributors. These women have a similar job to the scantily clad Bacardi girls we have all encountered out at the bars, only they are exploited by their employers, paid below the living wage (many have families to support), are frequently victims of sexual assault and often forced into prostitution to fulfill the unrealistic quotas.
As a result of the risky sex work of the 20,000 female beer promoters in Cambodia, 20 percent of them are HIV-positive. The estimate is that within two years, all of these HIV-positive women will be dead. And their employers are not offering to help with treatment.
What can you do to help?
Next time you are heading out to the latest bar, game or evening soiree, think about your fellow women when deciding which companies you choose to support.