Obama Reaffirms U.S. Commitment in Fight Against Human Trafficking Here and Abroad
By Michaelle Bond, Ellie Ismailidou and Elaine Mao
New York, NY – The economy took a back seat to foreign and social policy Tuesday as President Obama condemned recent Middle East anti-American violence and promised a U.S. commitment to fight human trafficking, during speeches to the United Nations General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative.
Obama acknowledged that at past CGI conferences, he addressed economic recovery, job creation and global development. But this year, he chose to speak about a different issue: “I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name – modern slavery,” Obama said.
And he emphasized that the problem is close to home. “With all the progress we’ve made, the bitter truth is trafficking is also going on here in the United States,” he said.
The president said the U.S. aims to lead by example by partnering with groups that help women and girls escape their captors, treating trafficking victims “not as criminals,” and doing more to “spot it and stop it.” In an executive order issued today, Obama detailed banned federal contractor behavior.