Obama order prohibits human trafficking in federal contracts

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on November 5, 2012 | Leave a comment (0)

What industry earns more money than major league baseball, and the national basketball, hockey and football leagues combined? Sex trafficking and forced labor. It’s a $32 billion industry.

Photo by Lisa Kristine, who has documented modern day slaves for 28 years.

On Sept. 25, President Obama signed an executive order prohibiting human trafficking in all federal government contracting. The order applies to federal contractors and subcontractors working in the United States and anywhere in the world. The U.S. government is the single largest purchaser of goods and services worldwide. Consequently, the new policy is expected to curtail significantly human trafficking in the global supply chain of goods and services.

One problem with stopping modern day slavery is that people may be aware it exists but don’t realize it thrives in their own hometowns. The Huffington Post offers an enlightening story about how a 12-year-old girl became trapped and exploited by someone she thought was a friend.

Documentary reveals Fatal Promises
Filmmaker Kat Rohrer has produced a documentary called “Fatal Promises.” In the film, Rohrer interviews members of the U.S. State Department and Congress, law enforcement officials and experts involved in the war against human trafficking and modern day slavery, such as activist Gloria Steinem and actor Emma Thompson.

Rohrer hopes “Fatal Promises” will function as a “wake-up call and call to action.” She wants people to become more aware of what is occurring throughout the world today and get more people involved in combating human trafficking and modern day slavery.



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