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What the World Is Doing To Prevent Human Trafficking and Slavery

What the World Is Doing To Prevent Human Trafficking and Slavery

 

Human trafficking and slave labor is a $32 billion underground industry, according to a CNBC documentary. There is, however, something being done to prevent that saddest of industries. Both California and the EU passed laws to prevent human trafficking during the last two years. Then California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the California Supply Chain Transparency Act into law on September 30, 2010. The Act, which goes into effect on January 1, 2012, requires retailers and manufacturers in California to disclose their efforts to stop human trafficking and slave labor from their direct supply chains. The law affects retailers or manufacturers with over $100 million in annual worldwide gross receipts.

The Act created an Interagency Task Force to monitor and combat trafficking. In addition, the Act requires the California Franchise Tax Board to make available a list of retailers and sellers to the State Attorney General required to disclose efforts to stop slavery and human trafficking.

EU directive to prevent human trafficking and slavery

The EU adopted a directive to prevent and combat human trafficking and protect victims in April 2011. Cecilia Malmstrom, Commissioner for Home Affairs, called the passage of the directive “a very important step towards a comprehensive and more effective European anti-trafficking policy.”

Malmstrom added, “The new ambitious rules adopted today will keep the EU at the forefront of the international fight against human trafficking by protecting the victims and punishing the criminals behind this modern slavery.”

UN Human Rights Council issues updated Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights

The UN Human Rights Council issued an updated version in June of the Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. The updated Guiding Principles provides a global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of impacts on human rights linked to business activity, according to a press release.

“The Councilís endorsement establishes the Guiding Principles as the authoritative global reference point for business and human rights,” said John Ruggie, the Secretary-Generalís Special Representative for Business and Human Rights. “They will also provide civil society, investors and others the tools to measure real progress in the daily lives of people.”

Ruggie, a professor at Harvard University, spent six years doing research for the Guiding Principles.

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7:54AM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

Help put an end to slavery; sign my petition to tell Nestlé that we want slavery-free chocolate:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/431/525/548/sell-slavery-free-chocolate/

9:50PM PDT on Aug 23, 2013

thanks

5:40AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

This would be a far better excuse to go to war than any other we have had lately.

11:03PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

Good news. Thank You.

11:16PM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

Not much by the sound of it!

11:43AM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

should we save ourself first or animals? I mean. slave driving horses? of course Karma will bite us indirectly.

or is that a non issue, and we should end human trafficking and pretend pet trade, meat and putting a cat in a tv series is nothing to cry about.

1:58AM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

Watch the movie TRADE from 2007 and you'll understand... They don't find these people because they are involved in this business. How could we think that people in power are not interested in money? Everybody gets a share from this.

4:33AM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Better question "what has the world done about the initial human trafficking and slavery of Africans" apart from say "let bygones be bygones", so obviously some still see benefits to be had from the practice till today.Like you did it and built empires so why cant we.

11:40PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

It is a first step, but it seems to me, at the core, is greed based on a system of monetary gain. Although slavery existed before money, it seems to me that these days the only way to stop human trafficking is to eliminate our core way of handling commerce - money - where money is more valuable than human life. At it's core we all support that view by working jobs we hate, and living lives we think we are supposed to have based on money, wealth, status and stuff. If we are devaluing our own lives in that manner, how hard it is for someone with little to no conscience to do so with other people?

I would also take a first step to helping to eliminate sex trafficking by decriminalizing prostitution (and even leaning toward regulation)

10:22AM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

It's a start, but there is a lot more that needs to be done. It would also help if more people were aware of the reality of human trafficking. It saddens me that while many find it disturbing, they choose not to learn more about the topic. We must all do our part, no matter how small, to change this.

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