Brown’s trade amendment designed to prevent forced and / or child labor

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday voted to include in trade legislation an amendment filed by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, that would prevent imports produced with forced or child labor.

The amendment would eliminate an exemption in law that allows the U.S. to import products produced with forced or child labor if there is not sufficient supply to meet domestic demand, Brown’s office announced in a news release.

“At a time when Congress is taking steps to combat human trafficking, this committee has an opportunity to close a loophole in U.S. law that allows imports of certain products made through forced and child labor,” Brown states. “This loophole is outdated. It is immoral. And it must be closed.”