The award of a federal government contract is contingent upon a laundry list of complex, lengthy, substantial assurances. Through those assurances, i.e. regulations, the USG has the leverage to shape corporate policy and is doing so quite purposefully for human trafficking.
Slavery is happening across the globe and it ends up in your home. It could be the jewelry you're wearing, the shrimp you had for dinner, the shoes on your feet, the phone in your pocket, or the Christmas decorations adorning your tree.
As we thank God for the many people and their hands that produce our food, we can be thankful for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Fair Food Program. Publix Supermarket needs to hear from us that it is time to change.
In China, artificial flowers, bricks, Christmas decorations, coal, cotton, electronics, fireworks, footwear, garments, nails and toys are all known to be produced by forced labor. And China is far from being the only country on the list.
The corporate sector holds prevention in their hands, touching the livelihoods and freedom of millions worldwide. I no longer see products on shelves; I see the many hands that touched them and wonder.
The responsibility lies with the U.S. government to ensure that these workers -- who provide valuable services to our troops and embassies -- are not trafficked, forced into indentured servitude, or otherwise exploited on the taxpayer's dime.
Vietnam advertises itself as a tourist paradise and low-cost hub for manufacturing. But unless the government ends the torture and forced labor of drug users in the name of "treatment," it may be equally well known as well as the source of "blood cashews."