The crime of human trafficking has achieved steadily increasing attention in international law enforcement and judicial circles since 2000. Now members of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee are considering legislation to address this criminal activity in a new way that may help potential victims better protect themselves. The Fraudulent Overseas Recruitment and Trafficking Elimination Act would impose requirements in foreign labor recruitment in order to create greater transparency for would-be recruits.
The top State Department official on trafficking in persons, Luis CdeBaca, acknowledged that fraudulent recruitment is a “big factor in the exploitation of workers” in the United States and internationally. In the vast global marketplace where the U.S. government acquires goods and services, the administration is developing a system to ensure that labor exploitation is not occurring anywhere in its supply chain. Companies attempting to do business with the U.S. government must be able to show that their products are not tainted by human trafficking in any stage of development or manufacture.
“No community is immune,” CdeBaca said. “It must be dealt with because modern slavery undermines the rule of law and justice.”
Learn more at Charlene Porter’s US Geneva Mission article: Legislators Consider New Law to Prevent Human Trafficking.