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Last March, government contractors’ anti-human trafficking obligations were significantly expanded under FAR Subpart 22.17, Combating Trafficking in Persons, and its associated contract clause at FAR 52.222-50. Among other requirements, the amended FAR rule broadened the definition of trafficking in persons in government contracts, instituted new contractor reporting obligations, and implemented a number of additional compliance and certification requirements for certain contractors, such as the requirement to develop an “appropriate” compliance plan when contracts for the acquisition of services or non-COTS goods outside the United States exceed $500,000.
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Government contractors could soon be required to create anti-human trafficking compliance plans and face stiff penalties, including criminal charges, for using trafficked labor.

On March 27, 2012, anti-trafficking bills were simultaneously introduced in both chambers of Congress following recent reports of human trafficking carried out by local subcontractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.  A January report