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Human Trafficking And The Election 2012: Part 3 – The Candidates

In the first two features of ‘Human Trafficking and the Election 2012’ we focused on national and state policy, where a valuable grounding in how the law addresses the issue was given. In our third and final installment we will focus on the candidates, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and expand on their approach to fighting modern-day slavery. 

President Obama recently gave speech at the Clinton Global Initiative exclusively focusing on human trafficking. In it, he referred to the ill of “modern slavery” and outlined White House executive orders to combat it. 

These include orders to strengthen protections in federal contractors and subcontractors, assisting in the aim to have ethical working conditions. The current administration also aims to provide increased training for law enforcement, prosecutors, and immigration judges to better equip those who can detect trafficking with the capability and understanding to do so. With partner Humanity United, Obama promises increased funding for assisting victims, and lastly, assures a comprehensive plan of action for future efforts to combat the issue. 

Governor Romney focused his talk at the Clinton Global Initiative on the United States’ foreign aid platform. On the Governor’s website he focuses on issues in Africa. This includes a focus on terrorists in Nigeria and the Sahara that have formed allegiances with human traffickers and a larger network of criminal syndicates. Governor Romney indicates that this issue needs to be addressed by the United States’ government.

Romney’s policies on immigration in the American Southwest may have some significance with regards to the issue as well. Many from Latin America have began to turn to traffickers with large criminal networks across North America. Romney is in favor of increased border security by building a high-tech fence and ensuring law enforcement have more control on the ground.

Whomever you decide on voting on election day, both candidates show a sense of commitment to addressing modern-day slavery. With this the last installment, we urge you to revisit previous features on human trafficking and the election, to gain a better understanding of how the issue is being discussed in the lead-up to this year’s vote. In doing so, we hope to encourage further research into the matter. 

The Global Forum on Human Trafficking is another opportunity to learn more about the true scope of the topic. With experts in business, culture, grassroots, and politics, it will allow a truly holistic approach to ceasing this ill in our lifetime. Register for the Global Forum here!

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