Human Traffic Watch

Obama Calls Human Trafficking ‘Slavery,’ Announces New Measures

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on September 30, 2012 at 8:44 am

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the final day of the Clinton Global Initiative 2012 (CGI) in New York, September 25, 2012.

“It is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric,” said Obama. “It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name – modern slavery.”

Obama issued an executive order to strengthen what he said is already a strict policy ensuring that government contractors do not engage in forced labor.

“In short, we’re making clear that American tax dollars should never, ever, be used to support the trafficking of human beings. We will have zero tolerance; we mean what we say, we will enforce it.”

Source: VOA News

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