Tran ‘missed the boat’ and didn’t vote to help eradicate Slavery and Human Trafficking

Assemblyman Van Tran

When I learned yesterday that the Governor signed into law anti-Human Trafficking legislation I naturally expected that Van Tran, had supported the bill when it passed through the State Assembly. I should have known better. Van Tran Missed the Vote. When his vote mattered on important legislation to fight Human Trafficking and Slavery, he had other things to do that were more important to him. Van Tran missed voting on SB 657, first on June 29th when it came before the Assembly Judiciary Committee, and again on August 26th, on the Assembly Floor.

From Senate President pro Tem Steinberg:

SACRAMENTO Consumers, investors, and businesses will now be able to use their purchasing power to help combat slavery and human trafficking under legislation authored by Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and signed into law today by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  SB 657, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010, beginning in 2012, requires large retailers and manufacturers with more than $100 million in annual gross receipts doing business in California to tell consumers on their websites what steps, if any, they take to ensure their product supply chains are free of slavery and trafficking.

“With better transparency Californians can now ensure they do not promote and sanction these heinous crimes through the purchase of everyday items that have tainted supply chains,”Steinberg said.  “This is a simple measure that has the potential to change behavior in a way that will save lives and encourage humane working conditions not just here in California but throughout the world.” 

The legislation, which is supported by a broad coalition of human rights organizations, anti-trafficking/slavery groups, labor, consumer groups, law enforcement, and socially responsible investing firms, asks big companies to tell us:

  • If they evaluate product supply chains for risks of slavery and trafficking.
  • If they conduct audits of suppliers.
  • If they have internal accountability for employees and contractors failing to meet company standards.
  • If they provide employees and management with responsibility for supply chains training on slavery and trafficking.

Today, 12.3 million people work in some form of forced labor worldwide.  Of those, nearly 2.5 million people are estimated to have been trafficked.  California is among the top destinations for traffickers and forced labor in the United States.  Over 500 victims from 18 countries were identified in California between 1998 and 2003.  Many more go unnoticed.

Van Tran's Sacramento Home (Photo Brian Joseph -OCR)

So not only does Van Tran not live in the district he represents in the State Assembly, he doesn’t show up to vote on something this important.

“While Van Tran was avoiding votes on an important anti-trafficking bill, Congresswoman Sanchez was introducing tough new legislation to combat child trafficking and exploitation in the U.S. and abroad,” said Jessica Mejia, the campaign manager for the Committee to Re-Elect Loretta Sanchez. “Our opponent can talk about human rights all he wants, but his paltry record on this issue speaks for itself. Rep. Sanchez has spent the last fourteen years supporting legislation to promote human rights, as well as strengthen education, cut taxes for the middle class, and increase lending to small businesses – issues that are particularly important to her Vietnamese constituents.”

I have to wonder if his supporters are trying to Send Van Tran to Washington, D.C. to NOT VOTE ON IMPORTANT LEGISLATION?

1 Comment

  1. How to stop slave labor:

    Don’t buy stuff that’s made in China. Burn your underwear. Throw away your shoes. Sound silly? Well- that’s free trade, that’s globalism.
    China owns the USA. China is the world’s largest holder of America’s debt. Nothing is going to change, not even California’s SB 657.

    I offer my comments from Aug 16, 2010 “California Companies Seek to Keep Unfair Labor Practices Secret” by Saad Asad.

    Robert Lauten on August 16, 2010 at 6:42 pm
    The American System of Economics’ Battle Against the British Free Trade System
    Please visit click “Search”, enter “free trade.”
    Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is a demagogue. He needs to join with LaRouche and battle against “Free” Trade. Under the “Free” Trade system other countries become America’s source of cheap (slave) labor and/or raw materials. Completely sovereign nations ‘protect the general welfare’ of their citizens by protecting the nation’s economy from “Free” Trade. Only a completely sovereign nation can ‘protect the general welfare’ of its citizens.
    Traitors, (Internationalists), pass NAFTA and support other international organizations. Remember: the Republican Bush 41 signed the NAFTA agreement; the Democrat Bill Clinton pushed it through Congress, and President Bush 43 and Obama are expanding NAFTA into the North American Union, (the merger of Canada, USA, and Mexico).
    Suppose you were the President of XYZ Company and learned that one of your suppliers in China was using slave labor. What are you going to do? Tell China to behave?

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