SB 657 (Steinberg)
Eradicating Slavery and Human Trafficking
Co-Sponsors: Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET) and Coalition to Abolish
Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)
PURPOSE manufacturer doing business in California to:
Through the power of information, provides
California consumers tools to leverage their Develop, maintain, and implement a policy
purchasing power to eradicate slavery and trafficking setting forth its efforts to comply with state and
from product supply chains. federal law regarding the eradication of slavery
and human trafficking from its supply chain.
BACKGROUND Requires the policy to be posted on the
Today it is estimated that nearly 12.3 million people company’s website.
— equal to nearly one-third of California’s total
population — are working in some form of forced Provides the exclusive remedy for non-compliance
labor worldwide. Of those, nearly 2.5 million people with the provisions of the bill is an injunction from
are estimated to have been trafficked. the Attorney General.
At home, it is estimated that there are 10,000 forced Exempts retailers and manufacturers with less than $2
laborers working in the US at any given time. The million in annual sales from the requirements of the
U.S. State Department estimates that between 14,500 bill.
and 17,500 victims are trafficked into the US each
year. California is one of the top four destination SUPPORT
states for trafficking victims in the United States.
Over 500 victims from 18 countries were identified in Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking
California between 1998 and 2003. Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
California School Employees Association
Existing state and federal laws make human California Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
trafficking a crime while providing various remedies Planned Parenthood of California
and supports to victims. Yet, state and federal laws California Commission on the Status of Women
have done little to address the growing markets that LA County District Attorney
consume products tainted with slavery and California Teamsters Public Affairs Council
In September 2009, the US Department of Labor OPPOSE
released its “List of Goods Produced by Child or California Chamber of Commerce
Forced Labor.” The report found nearly 122 goods California Manufacturers and Technology Assoc.
from 58 countries that are believed to be tainted with California Federation of Independent Business
forced and/or child labor. California Retailers Association
California Independent Grocers Association
Undoubtedly, many of those goods are consumed in Grocery Manufacturers Association
California—home to the 10th largest economy in the California Grocers Association
world with hundreds of billions of dollars of imports
pouring into the state each year. California CONTACT
consumers and business—by the nature and scope of Mufaddal Ezzy
their purchasing power—are uniquely positioned to Phone: (916) 651-4170
eradicate slavery and trafficking through their Fax: (916) 323-2263
purchasing choices. email@example.com
Beginning 2011, requires every retailer and
Office of State Senator Darrell Steinberg, 6th Senate District | 03/20/09