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U.S. cracks down on products made by slave labor, but hurdles remain

BY   March 12, 2016 at 12:02 PM EDT
Overseas products processed by child or slave labor, in some cases shrimp, now face tougher restrictions for coming into the U.S. Photo taken on August 28, 2015. Photo by Reuters

Overseas products processed by child or slave labor, in some cases shrimp, now face tougher restrictions for coming into the U.S. Photo taken on August 28, 2015. Photo by Reuters

Last month, activists working to end child and forced labor got a big win. Congress passed a regulation banning the import of goods made by slave labor. Soon after, President Obama signed the bill into law.

The companies that make these products now face tougher regulations for getting into the U.S. marketplace. But there are still big hurdles to screening goods for fair labor practices.

This week on Shortwave, we talk about what comes next with Melysa Sperber of the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking.

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