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Those studying today’s compliance trends and “hot topics” will surely have noticed that 2012’s U.S. efforts to fight human trafficking and other forms of forced labor around the globe have gained an exceptionally powerful new ally, namely, the U.S. business community. Whether this ally voluntarily joined the fight or was conscripted is a debate for another time. What is beyond doubt, however, is that U.S. lawmakers and their enforcers are ramping up their efforts to compel the business community’s compliance with new anti-trafficking laws, including the Sept. 25 Executive Order Against Trafficking in Government Contracting and 2012’s California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (as well as its pending federal analog, H.R. 2759). And other nations are, once again, watching with great interest—for those fond of historical antecedents, the world’s response to ramped up U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement after 2005 comes to mind.

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