Last night Obama claimed victory over Romney to be re-elected as President of the United States of America. As he continues to lead our country for another four years I hope this means his fight against modern-day slavery has only begun.
On September 25th Obama spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative. He spoke about human-trafficking saying:
“It ought to concern every person, because it’s a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at the social fabric. 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.”
“Our fight against human trafficking is one of the great human rights causes of our time, and the United States will continue to lead it…”
President Obama has signed an executive order so that federal contractors will not use forced labor. The American Civil Liberties Union states that the order, “announced in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, lays out new requirements for U.S. government contractors and their subcontractors operating overseas to prevent human trafficking and forced labor. It prohibits contractors and subcontractors from charging recruitment fees and requires prime contractors to take responsibility for ensuring that their subcontractors are not engaging in trafficking or forced labor. It also mandates the creation of new guidance and training for contract officers responsible for enforcing the new anti-trafficking provisions.”
Let’s continue this fight…not just for four more years but until we have eradicated human-trafficking as a whole. Gobama.