On Sept. 25, President Obama added his signature to a groundbreaking Executive Order designed to eradicate human trafficking from all federal contracting, regardless of contract amount or nature of services provided. “We’re making clear that American tax dollars must never, ever be used to support the trafficking of human beings,” the president announced. “We will have zero tolerance. We mean what we say. We will enforce it.” Considering that the U.S. government is the world’s largest purchaser of goods and services, and that some 300,000 contractors (not to mention their suppliers and sub-suppliers around the globe) are potentially implicated, the president’s announcement is clearly more pivot than carousel.
The Executive Order’s philosophical precursors