After decades-long loophole, US bans imports made by slave labor

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President Obama Bans Imports Made By Slave Labor

President Barack Obama signed a law on Wednesday banning the import of goods produced by slave labor. The law was apart of a larger trade enforcement bill presented by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) last year. The bill was created to strengthen trade enforcement efforts and to streamline legal trade in goods.

Because of a loophole in the Tariff Act of 1930, which allowed Customs and Border Protection to seize shipments where slave labor was suspected, goods produced by forced labor were still being imported into the U.S. because of "consumptive demand." This meant that when goods were in demand in the U.S., imports were allowed no matter how they were produced.

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"This law slams shut an unconscionable and archaic loophole that forced America to accept products made by children or slave labor," said Sen. Ron Wyden.

When the law goes into effect, items such as diamonds produced by child and forced labor in Angola, cotton produced in Benin, toys produced in China, and many more products will no longer be imported into the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Labor's 2014 List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor details more than 350 goods produced by child and forced labor. The report also reveals that criminals responsible for the slave labor market earn an estimated $150 billion per year in illegal profits.

The law that will ban these goods goes into effect in March.

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After decades-long loophole, US bans imports made by slave labor
NEPAL - 2013/11/14: Dil Kumari Chaudhary (left) stands outside of her parents house - now age 21, was an ex-Kamlari (child slave) who was sold by her parents to a host family; she was freed four years ago after her parents sent a pig to compensate for revenue losses. 'When they sent me I cried so that my eyes were swollen, but I have forgiven now; they made a mistake, but they were poor.' The Kamaiya/Kamlari issue is a form of slavery where families sell their daughters as child-slaves in exchange for loans. Ongoing issues on these human rights have been battled against for many years. As exorbitant debts were charged, many families were forced into generations slavery to to pay off these debts. It was only till many protests led to its banning in the year 2000 and the banning of Kamlari system in 2006 that saw an end to the ongoing dispute; over the last decade, 12,000 Kamlaris were freed and it is estimated that there are 500-1000 still alive in captivity as the Kamlari system still operates secretly. (Photo by Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)
KOROGHO, IVORY COAST - FEBRUARY 2008: A madrasa in Korogho, Ivory Coast, where hundreds of children are coming from poorer neighbouring countries like Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso. The children are sent by their parents, too poor to feed them, to learn the Holy Koran. But instead, the Koranic masters send them to beg all the day. If they do not come back with enough money, they are beaten up and are not allowed to eat. These trafficked children are called 'talibes'. (Photo by Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH India-crime-social-trafficking-children,FEATURE by Trudy Harris In this photograph taken on September 16, 2013, an alleged Indian human-trafficking victim (R) is hugged by her sister after being rescued from a village in Karnal around 100 kms from New Delhi. In India, mostly women are trafficked or tricked into different forms of slavery ranging from domestic service to prostitution. Desperately poor parents also sell their children who are then forced into begging rackets and manual labour, according to other experts. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, some 38,000 children were kidnapped last year in India compared with 33,000 the year before. Child rights groups say the actual number is probably much higher. AFP PHOTO/ MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH Nepal-children-slavery,FEATURE by Ammu KANNAMPILLY In this photograph taken on December 13, 2013 Nepalese indentured 'kamlari' girl Jujri Tharu (2nd L) is rescued by activists from her workplace in Kathmandu. Nepal's indentured 'kamlari' girls - some as young as six - are among the Himayalan nation's most vulnerable citizens, subject to beatings and sexual violence while being kept as virtual prisoners by their employers. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)
In this Monday, April 20, 2015 photo, former fishing slaves who were rescued by Indonesian government from the remote island of Benjina following Associated Press investigation into slavery in seafood industry gather at their temporary shelter in Tual, Indonesia. A bill headed for President Obama this week includes a provision that would ban U.S. imports of fish caught by slaves in Southeast Asia, gold mined by children in Africa and garments sewn by abused women in Bangladesh, closing a loophole in an 85-year-old tariff law that has failed to keep products of forced and child labor out of America. (AP Photo/Margie Mason)
FILE - In this Friday, April 3, 2015 file photo, Burmese fishermen arrive at the compound of Pusaka Benjina Resources to report themselves for departure to leave the fishing company in Benjina, Aru Islands, Indonesia as hundreds of foreign fishermen rush at the chance to be rescued from the isolated island where an Associated Press report revealed slavery runs rampant in the industry. A bill headed for President Obama this week includes a provision that would ban U.S. imports of fish caught by slaves in Southeast Asia, gold mined by children in Africa and garments sewn by abused women in Bangladesh, closing a loophole in an 85-year-old tariff law that has failed to keep products of forced and child labor out of America. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)
NEPAL - 2013/11/14: An 8 year old ex-Kamlari (child slave) at a home for the rescued Kamlaris from host families that are unable to return to their real families. The Kamaiya/Kamlari issue is a form of slavery where families sell their daughters as child-slaves in exchange for loans. Ongoing issues on these human rights have been battled against for many years. As exorbitant debts were charged, many families were forced into generations slavery to to pay off these debts. It was only till many protests led to its banning in the year 2000 and the banning of Kamlari system in 2006 that saw an end to the ongoing dispute; over the last decade, 12,000 Kamlaris were freed and it is estimated that there are 500-1000 still alive in captivity as the Kamlari system still operates secretly. (Photo by Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEPAL - 2013/11/14: Dil Kumari Chaudhary plays with the family pig that they will send in exchange for her freedom - now age 21, was an ex-Kamlari (child slave) who was sold by her parents to a host family; she was freed four years ago. 'When they sent me I cried so that my eyes were swollen, but I have forgiven now; they made a mistake, but they were poor.' The Kamaiya/Kamlari issue is a form of slavery where families sell their daughters as child-slaves in exchange for loans. Ongoing issues on these human rights have been battled against for many years. As exorbitant debts were charged, many families were forced into generations slavery to to pay off these debts. It was only till many protests led to its banning in the year 2000 and the banning of Kamlari system in 2006 that saw an end to the ongoing dispute; over the last decade, 12,000 Kamlaris were freed and it is estimated that there are 500-1000 still alive in captivity as the Kamlari system still operates secretly. (Photo by Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)
** ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, MAY 24 ** In this photo taken May 12, 2010, Joseph Munyaneza, right, escorts his 17-year old daughter in Mweso, Congo's hospital. First, the rebels killed four of Munyaneza's children in 1997. The family fled to another village. The following year, that village came under siege. Another four children died of gunshot wounds. Then the baby, from malnutrition. Today, Munyaneza, a 52-year-old Protestant pastor, tenderly cares for his daughter, who is in hospital after being kidnapped by rebels and forced into sexual slavery. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
KOROGHO, IVORY COAST - FEBRUARY 2008: Children begging in the streets of Korogho, Ivory Coast, where hundreds of children are coming from poorer neighbouring countries like Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso. The children are sent by their parents, too poor to feed them, to learn the Holy Koran. But instead, the Koranic masters send them to beg all the day. If they do not come back with enough money, they are beaten up and are not allowed to eat. These trafficked children are called 'talibes'. (Photo by Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images)
SRINAGAR- KASHMIR-INDIA -NOVEMBER 29: A Kashmiri child vendor sells shoes from a cart on the roadside, A Kashmiri child vendor sells shoes on a cart on a roadside, November 29, 2015 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. Millions of Indian children still have to work for a living to support their families and missing out on primary education. According to the 2011 national census , India has 4.35 million child labourers, aged 5 to 14, with rampant cases of slavery, sexual assault and emotional abuse. The Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation Act, 1986, prohibits the employment of children younger than 14 in 83 occupations and processes, and 'regulates the conditions of work of children' in all others . However, an amendment bill pending in the Parliament seeks to bans all child labour, irrespective of sector, up to age 14. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/ Getty Images)
BILWADI, RAJASTHAN, INDIA - 2014/10/29: Children play inside the teaching and rehabilitation center 'Bal Ashram', which was created by Kailash Satyarthi who won (along with Pakistani Malala Yousafzai) the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for his many years of work against child labor. The center is home to about 70 children. Many come from the poor state of Bihar in the north-eastern part of India. The kids are concentrated when the teacher explains the writing exercise. There are no actual classrooms for the children they just sit on the ground with a temporary roof to protect themselves against the strong sun. In a small village called Bilwadi in the state of Rajasthan, children from Nomadic families at ages between 6 and 14 years are taught mathematics as well as reading and writing in Hindi. Child marriage from the age of about 4 and the caring of family livestock is a common chore for children in rural areas of Rajasthan. The young are trafficked and exposed to different kinds of child labor; a form of modern slavery that is not uncommon in India though forbidden by law. It is difficult to estimate an exact number of children subjected to child labor as many births in India go unregistered however it is agreed at about 50 60 million children. It is definitely a fact though that India has the highest amount of child labor. The Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) worked since 1980 to combat child labor and have freed about 83,000 children from slave-like conditions and helped to unite them with their families or have helped them in other ways. The BBA have projects in hundreds of Indian villages with Adesh Sharma working as the field coordinator for 16 years who seems to know the most important tools to the organizations success. However, all is not merry for the BBAs work. There have been cases of assault and even murder of the organizations employees. Many factory hotel and restaurant owners who want cheap labor in the form of children have threatened Adesh and his associates. Due to corruption, there have been cases where the local police have gotten involved. Adesh has received many death threats over the phone but still continues to be positive about the prevention of child labor in future. Kailash Satyarthi, the winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize even said that Indias new government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should put more focus on preventing child labor. On the other hand, there are still many problems including the following up on the families whose children have been returned after being sold. (Photo by Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)
BILWADI, RAJASTHAN, INDIA - 2014/10/29: Children are sitting on the ground with a temporary roof to protect them against the strong sun in a small village called Bilwadi in the state of Rajasthan. The children who come from nomadic families are 6-14 years olds who are taught mathematics as well as reading and writing in Hindi. The kids are concentrated when the teacher explains the writing exercise. There are no actual classrooms for the children they just sit on the ground with a temporary roof to protect themselves against the strong sun. In a small village called Bilwadi in the state of Rajasthan, children from Nomadic families at ages between 6 and 14 years are taught mathematics as well as reading and writing in Hindi. Child marriage from the age of about 4 and the caring of family livestock is a common chore for children in rural areas of Rajasthan. The young are trafficked and exposed to different kinds of child labor; a form of modern slavery that is not uncommon in India though forbidden by law. It is difficult to estimate an exact number of children subjected to child labor as many births in India go unregistered however it is agreed at about 50 60 million children. It is definitely a fact though that India has the highest amount of child labor. The Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) worked since 1980 to combat child labor and have freed about 83,000 children from slave-like conditions and helped to unite them with their families or have helped them in other ways. The BBA have projects in hundreds of Indian villages with Adesh Sharma working as the field coordinator for 16 years who seems to know the most important tools to the organizations success. However, all is not merry for the BBAs work. There have been cases of assault and even murder of the organizations employees. Many factory hotel and restaurant owners who want cheap labor in the form of children have threatened Adesh and his associates. Due to corruption, there have been cases where the local police have gotten involved. Adesh has received many death threats over the phone but still continues to be positive about the prevention of child labor in future. Kailash Satyarthi, the winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize even said that Indias new government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should put more focus on preventing child labor. On the other hand, there are still many problems including the following up on the families whose children have been returned after being sold. (Photo by Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)
BILWADI, RAJASTHAN, INDIA - 2014/10/29: Young boys sitting in their room at the teaching and rehabilitation center called 'Bal Ashram', which was created by Kailash Satyarthi who won (along with Pakistani Malala Yousafzai) the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for his many years of work against child labor. The center is home to about 70 children. Many come from the poor state of Bihar in the north-eastern part of India. The kids are concentrated when the teacher explains the writing exercise. There are no actual classrooms for the children they just sit on the ground with a temporary roof to protect themselves against the strong sun. In a small village called Bilwadi in the state of Rajasthan, children from Nomadic families at ages between 6 and 14 years are taught mathematics as well as reading and writing in Hindi. Child marriage from the age of about 4 and the caring of family livestock is a common chore for children in rural areas of Rajasthan. The young are trafficked and exposed to different kinds of child labor; a form of modern slavery that is not uncommon in India though forbidden by law. It is difficult to estimate an exact number of children subjected to child labor as many births in India go unregistered however it is agreed at about 50 60 million children. It is definitely a fact though that India has the highest amount of child labor. The Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) worked since 1980 to combat child labor and have freed about 83,000 children from slave-like conditions and helped to unite them with their families or have helped them in other ways. The BBA have projects in hundreds of Indian villages with Adesh Sharma working as the field coordinator for 16 years who seems to know the most important tools to the organizations success. However, all is not merry for the BBAs work. There have been cases of assault and even murder of the organizations employees. Many factory hotel and restaurant owners who want cheap labor in the form of children have threatened Adesh and his associates. Due to corruption, there have been cases where the local police have gotten involved. Adesh has received many death threats over the phone but still continues to be positive about the prevention of child labor in future. Kailash Satyarthi, the winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize even said that Indias new government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should put more focus on preventing child labor. On the other hand, there are still many problems including the following up on the families whose children have been returned after being sold. (Photo by Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)
BILWADI, RAJASTHAN, INDIA - 2014/10/29: A thin young boy, age 11, stunted his growth from having worked in a brick factory with his parents and then sold by his father to a hotel on the border with Nepal. The kids are concentrated when the teacher explains the writing exercise. There are no actual classrooms for the children they just sit on the ground with a temporary roof to protect themselves against the strong sun. In a small village called Bilwadi in the state of Rajasthan, children from Nomadic families at ages between 6 and 14 years are taught mathematics as well as reading and writing in Hindi. Child marriage from the age of about 4 and the caring of family livestock is a common chore for children in rural areas of Rajasthan. The young are trafficked and exposed to different kinds of child labor; a form of modern slavery that is not uncommon in India though forbidden by law. It is difficult to estimate an exact number of children subjected to child labor as many births in India go unregistered however it is agreed at about 50 60 million children. It is definitely a fact though that India has the highest amount of child labor. The Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) worked since 1980 to combat child labor and have freed about 83,000 children from slave-like conditions and helped to unite them with their families or have helped them in other ways. The BBA have projects in hundreds of Indian villages with Adesh Sharma working as the field coordinator for 16 years who seems to know the most important tools to the organizations success. However, all is not merry for the BBAs work. There have been cases of assault and even murder of the organizations employees. Many factory hotel and restaurant owners who want cheap labor in the form of children have threatened Adesh and his associates. Due to corruption, there have been cases where the local police have gotten involved. Adesh has received many death threats over the phone but still continues to be positive about the prevention of child labor in future. Kailash Satyarthi, the winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize even said that Indias new government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should put more focus on preventing child labor. On the other hand, there are still many problems including the following up on the families whose children have been returned after being sold. (Photo by Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)
BILWADI, RAJASTHAN, INDIA - 2014/10/29: Children are sitting on the ground with a temporary roof to protect them against the strong sun in a small village called Bilwadi in the state of Rajasthan. The children who come from nomadic families are 6-14 years olds who are taught mathematics as well as reading and writing in Hindi. The kids are concentrated when the teacher explains the writing exercise. There are no actual classrooms for the children they just sit on the ground with a temporary roof to protect themselves against the strong sun. In a small village called Bilwadi in the state of Rajasthan, children from Nomadic families at ages between 6 and 14 years are taught mathematics as well as reading and writing in Hindi. Child marriage from the age of about 4 and the caring of family livestock is a common chore for children in rural areas of Rajasthan. The young are trafficked and exposed to different kinds of child labor; a form of modern slavery that is not uncommon in India though forbidden by law. It is difficult to estimate an exact number of children subjected to child labor as many births in India go unregistered however it is agreed at about 50 60 million children. It is definitely a fact though that India has the highest amount of child labor. The Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) worked since 1980 to combat child labor and have freed about 83,000 children from slave-like conditions and helped to unite them with their families or have helped them in other ways. The BBA have projects in hundreds of Indian villages with Adesh Sharma working as the field coordinator for 16 years who seems to know the most important tools to the organizations success. However, all is not merry for the BBAs work. There have been cases of assault and even murder of the organizations employees. Many factory hotel and restaurant owners who want cheap labor in the form of children have threatened Adesh and his associates. Due to corruption, there have been cases where the local police have gotten involved. Adesh has received many death threats over the phone but still continues to be positive about the prevention of child labor in future. Kailash Satyarthi, the winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize even said that Indias new government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should put more focus on preventing child labor. On the other hand, there are still many problems including the following up on the families whose children have been returned after being sold. (Photo by Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)
PHUKET, THAILAND - 2014/08/04: A young child seen through a barred window in Phuket. Every year hundreds of thousands of tourists come to Thailand. But in the shadow of mass tourism, there is a different reality. Reporters have found serious grievances among migrant workers in hotels used by the tourists. Trafficking and modern slavery are part of everyday life for those who pay the highest price to be smuggled into the country. Htoo Aung says that seven other Burmese and he were led by smugglers through the jungle for eight days. They slept in the open air for short periods during the day. Under the cover of darkness, they took a long detour into the thorny terrain to bypass roadblocks controlled by the Tatmadaw, the Burmese junta's feared military force. From Htoo Aungs small village in the state of Mon in one of the world's least developed countries, the group slowly moved southwards. I was terrified. We were passed by a soldier patrol just meters from the bushes where we were hiding. But they did not see us. Says Htoo Aung Many of the migrant workers who came over from Myanmar have made it to Thailand illegally. They saw little chance in Burma for a life of proper employment and so many of them made the choice to contact a broker that could help them get across the border illegally to come and work in Thailand as hotel staff or fishermen. Most of these workers had to risk their lives being smuggled through thick terrains of jungle and once they got to Thailand, they were instantly in debt as most dont have enough to pay the brokers for the smuggle. According to a report by the International Labor Organization, migrant workers generate up to the equivalent of almost $15 million per year to the Thai economy. But these figures were recorded in 2007; since then the estimated number of migrant workers in the country has doubled - from 1.8 million to almost 4. (Photo by Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Four-year-old Manu works at a shop selling firewood as his one-and-half year old sister Tanu sleeps on the ground in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Manuâs mother works at the shop earning US$20 a month, and Manu is paid Rupees 30 (US$ 0.4) a day whenever he helps out. Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India on Wednesday received the Nobel Peace Prize for risking their lives to fight for working to protect children from slavery, extremism and child labor at great risk to their own lives. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
An Indian ragpicker searches for reusable materials from garbage thrown on railway tracks in Gauhati, India, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai became the youngest Nobel winner ever as she and Kailash Satyarthi of India won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, for working to protect children from slavery, extremism and child labor at great risk to their own lives. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
PHUKET, THAILAND - 2014/08/04: A young child living in horrible conditions that all illegal migrant workers must face in Phuket, Thailand. Every year hundreds of thousands of tourists come to Thailand. But in the shadow of mass tourism, there is a different reality. Reporters have found serious grievances among migrant workers in hotels used by the tourists. Trafficking and modern slavery are part of everyday life for those who pay the highest price to be smuggled into the country. Htoo Aung says that seven other Burmese and he were led by smugglers through the jungle for eight days. They slept in the open air for short periods during the day. Under the cover of darkness, they took a long detour into the thorny terrain to bypass roadblocks controlled by the Tatmadaw, the Burmese junta's feared military force. From Htoo Aungs small village in the state of Mon in one of the world's least developed countries, the group slowly moved southwards. I was terrified. We were passed by a soldier patrol just meters from the bushes where we were hiding. But they did not see us. Says Htoo Aung Many of the migrant workers who came over from Myanmar have made it to Thailand illegally. They saw little chance in Burma for a life of proper employment and so many of them made the choice to contact a broker that could help them get across the border illegally to come and work in Thailand as hotel staff or fishermen. Most of these workers had to risk their lives being smuggled through thick terrains of jungle and once they got to Thailand, they were instantly in debt as most dont have enough to pay the brokers for the smuggle. According to a report by the International Labor Organization, migrant workers generate up to the equivalent of almost $15 million per year to the Thai economy. But these figures were recorded in 2007; since then the estimated number of migrant workers in the country has doubled - from 1.8 million to almost 4. (Photo by Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA NOVEMBER 22: Children take part in a candle light vigil to end child slavery oragnized by NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan at Jantar Mantar on November 22, 2014 in New Delhi, India. Terming slavery and child trafficking the biggest scandal of our times, Indian Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi launched a new campaign to end the menace posed by the trafficking mafia. (Photo by Subrata Biswas/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Children are pictured with candles during a protest against child slavery attended by Indian Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi in New Delhi on November 22, 2014. The Indian activist was recognised for decades of doggedly championing children's rights in his home country and worldwide and argues that poverty should not be an excuse for child labour. AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNA (Photo credit should read Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA NOVEMBER 22: Children take part in a candle light vigil to end child slavery oragnized by NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan at Jantar Mantar on November 22, 2014 in New Delhi, India. Terming slavery and child trafficking the biggest scandal of our times, Indian Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi launched a new campaign to end the menace posed by the trafficking mafia. (Photo by Subrata Biswas/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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