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Tell Congress: Stop Supporting International Human Trafficking!

About the Petition

In 2011, The New Yorker reported the stories of thousands of laborers in Afghanistan and Iraq living in conditions resembling indentured servitude. These individuals followed offers by U.S. contractors and subcontractors and ended up working in terrible conditions. They were often not able to return home for months and their passports were confiscated.

The Commission on Wartime contracting has uncovered evidence of these human trafficking incidents. They determined that their findings "only scratched the surface" of the problem.

Current enforcement measures in place simply do not do enough to fight these cases. President Obama has worked to raise awareness, punish violators, and protect victims, but he can't do it alone.

Stand with the Project On Government Oversight and tell Congress international human trafficking is not tolerated.

Photo: Theresa Kerketa, 45 year old, returns home to India after being a victim of human trafficking. (Credit: Mansi Thapliyal/Reuters)

To: U.S. House of Represenatives, U.S. Senate

I call on you to cease America's role in human trafficking in Iraq and Afghanistan.

There have been thousands of reported cases of trafficking by U.S. contractors and subcontractors. Civilians are forced into indentured servitude after believing the false promises of these American-paid workers.

Despite the 2002 “zero-tolerance” policy toward human trafficking, the Commission on Wartime Contracting uncovered these cases in 2011. President Obama has worked to strengthen our anti-human trafficking policy, but now it’s time for you to take action.

Listen to the voices of such organizations as Project On Government Oversight, and make sure that our tax dollars aren't going toward contractors involved in human trafficking. You need to increase anti-trafficking enforcement overseas, and put an end to indentured servitude.

Sincerely,

[Your name here]

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