Human trafficking is illegal. It involves actions where the victim is often lured by force, fraud, or coercion to compel the person into a situation of sexual exploitation; labor without compensation, which could include forced or bonded labor; or participation in other unlawful activities.
The United States Government has adopted a zero-tolerance policy that prohibits contractors and contractor employees from engaging in or supporting severe forms of trafficking in persons, procurement of commercial sex acts, or the use of forced labor both domestically and abroad.
To that end, HII prohibits its employees and contract labor that directly support contracts containing the FAR Clause 52-222.50 from engaging in activities that support or promote illegal trafficking in persons such as:
Severe forms of trafficking in persons, including:
- Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age
- Recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, debt bondage, or slavery
- Procurement of a commercial sex act, i.e., any sex act where anything of value is given to or received by any person
- Use of forced labor in the performance of company business
Those involved in such activity will be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to, removal from the customer's contract or termination of employment.
Additional Human Trafficking Resources:
- Department of Homeland Security - Human Trafficking Poster
- Department of Homeland Security - Human Trafficking Training Module