Senate Votes to Ban Slave- and Child-Labor Imports

Seal of Department of State

Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) authored an amendment to the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 that would finally close this slave-labor loophole. The loophole allowed US companies to import products/materials made with slave labor if those products/materials could not be made in the US. The US Senate voted 75-20 to pass the bill, including the Wyden-Brown amendment.

Green America and its members joined with allies in the labor rights and human rights communities to encourage the Senate to close this egregious loophole.