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Ask Congress to Help Stop Human Trafficking

September 7th, 2012

Many things we use routinely – like our food and clothes – are too often tainted by slavery’s footprint. A new bill in Congress wants to change this.

The “Business Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act” (H.R. 2759) would require companies with at least $100 million in income to publicize the measures they are taking to combat this kind of slavery in their supply chains. Although the bill doesn’t require organizations to take action against slavery, it opens the door for competition to improve standards and practices by making the public aware of which companies are taking action to combat slavery – and which ones are not. Rather than subject businesses to confusing and often conflicting state laws, H.R. 2759 would establish clear requirements that would apply equally to companies across the country.

Supply Chain legislation was passed last year in California, and is having an effect as companies comply with the law. Supply chains are important; this is where most of the labor used to create a product is to be found.

Three other important bills to reduce human trafficking are also in need of support:

  • Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act
  • Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Human Trafficking Act
  • End Human Trafficking in Government Contracting

Please visit the Polaris anti-trafficking website for more information on these legislative initiatives.



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