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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A new California law will force retailers and manufacturers to disclose from 2012 how they guard against slavery and human trafficking throughout their supply chains, ratcheting up scrutiny over some of the largest U.S. corporations.
From January 1, about 3,200 major companies doing business or based in California, a list that includes Apple Inc and Gap Inc, will be required to disclose steps they take, if any, to ensure their suppliers and partners do not use forced labor.
Companies risk getting sued by the state attorney general if they flout that law. But experts say the real pressure will come from the court of public opinion: consumers who care about ethical working conditions and take an interest in how their favorite brands get made.
The U.S. Department of Labor says children and forced laborers produce 130 kinds of goods in 71 countries, numbers that have likely increased during the economic crisis.
Over 12 million people are victims of forced labor, according to the International Labor Organization.
Originally posted by sparky8580
I say that they should bring all the jobs they have over sea's back to america, so we the people can have jobs. If not then they are just greedy bastards that want our money, I think that it should be a law in every state.
I am guessing you have never bothered to read the Constitution of the USA? States have more political power than the Federal Government has
You have been brain washed into thinking the Fed rules everything and everyone and you, like most people bought it. Has it never occurred to you why the Federal Government threatens to withhold "welfare" to any state unless they follow Federal guidelines for such things as teaching, laws, drug enforcement etc? Look it up and see how many times the Fed has threatened to withhold such things as Federal road funds, teaching funds and Law Enforcement funds. The Federal Government extorts States and local law enforcement to follow their guidelines or they with hold money from them. If you or I did this we would be prosecuted for extortion.
"No way in hell can the retailer possibly verify any report."
Are you over 18? If you are then you know by now that ignorance of any law is no excuse and if caught you are prosecuted.This is essentially a pseudo tax as law enforcement has made it impossible for you to know ever single law on the books you may be breaking.
"Is that dress store owner in your neighborhood supposed to go to China and make sure"
Again, it is your responsibility to know the law, not the store. Let me give you an example, and you can verify this through google. You go into a store and but a Louis Vuitton hand bag for your girlfriend, you walk out into the street after buying it and a cop stops you and identifies the bag as being counterfeit. Guess who get prosecuted? YOU do, not the store owner, not the company that made it. You see, corporations have bought politicians so instead of the company having to go after another company, in another country, that made the fake hand bag, they fine you. This way the bag gets taken off the street AND cops make money too.( This is probably where you think law enforcement is not a big business any different than Exxon or Sears but you are wrong)
The U.S. Government has trade treaties in place.
They sure do. Did you think for a second they were to benefit you? OH MY BAD you did, you never thought it had anything to do with political kickbacks that paid the politician did you, guess what? That's what every trade treaties is about that's why you can't go to Mexico and buy anything for 1/8 the price you pay in the US for it without having to pay taxes that make it cost more when you are done, otherwise this is where tax evasion comes in.
"So WHO exactly is responsible ???
Read what I just told you above, then go look it up, maybe then you will finally understand that there is NO LAW made in the United States that is to protect you, they are all made to punish the people.............ummm for the people.
And guess what? I bet you will still go out and vote for a Democrat or Republican even after you realize they are out to f you over as much as they can and you will still be proud of the party you voted for. Well maybe not you, but this is how stupid most Americans are.
Originally posted by EndGovtCorruption
reply to post by xuenchen
I agree lol. Its funny too me but it also turns my stomach. Any time I hear a new law being introduced " for the protection of the American people" my bulls..hit meter goes off, then I read the fine print and figure out who it really benefits. For example, with in the last few years they have made it essentially illegal to grow and sell vegetables UNLESS you pay for certifications, insurance and use an outlet oked by them " for the safety of the American people" but guess what? Look up all food poisoning issues in the last ten years and 99.9% of them occurred at Federally regulated facilities and in 90% of those cases the company was not fined even if a person died.