The Pentagon is being stymied by five lobbies working on behalf of defense contractors who claim that they’re in favor if the idea of barring human trafficking and forced prostitution, but by golly don’t expect them to try and enforce it. From the Chicago Tribune article (via Boing Boing):
Three years ago, President Bush declared that he had “zero tolerance” for trafficking in humans by the government’s overseas contractors, and two years ago Congress mandated a similar policy.
But notwithstanding the president’s statement and the congressional edict, the Defense Department has yet to adopt a policy to bar human trafficking.
[…]The long-awaited debate inside the Pentagon on how to implement presidential and congressional directives on human trafficking is unfolding just as countertrafficking advocates in Congress are running into resistance. A bill reauthorizing the nation’s efforts against trafficking for the next two years was overwhelmingly passed by the House this month, but only after a provision creating a trafficking watchdog at the Pentagon was stripped from the measure at the insistence of defense-friendly lawmakers, according to congressional records and officials. The Senate passed the bill last week.
The Pentagon’s delay in tackling the issue, the perceived weakness of its proposed policy and the recent setbacks in Congress have some criticizing the Pentagon for not taking the issue seriously enough.
The short list of contractors: DynCorp International and Halliburton subsidiary KBR, both of which have been linked to trafficking-related concerns.
The lobbying groups defending this: five defense-contractor-lobbying groups within the umbrella Council of Defense and Space Industries Associations: the Contract Services Association, the Professional Services Council, the National Defense Industrial Association, the American Shipbuilding Association and the Electronic Industries Alliance.
Here’s to hoping someone kidnaps their executives and sells them into a life of giving head to fat russian women with hairy moles. Talk about a perversion of justice coming home to roost.
[image credit: Banksy’s perverted justice statue]