BILL NUMBER: SB 657 AMENDED
AMENDED IN SENATE JUNE 1, 2009
INTRODUCED BY Senator Steinberg
FEBRUARY 27, 2009
An act to add Section 1714.43 to the Civil Code,
add Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 8305) to Division 1 of Title
2 of the Government Code, relating to human trafficking.
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST
SB 657, as amended, Steinberg. Human trafficking.
The federal Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of
2000 establishes an Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat
Trafficking, as specified.
Existing state law makes human trafficking a crime. Existing state
law also allows a victim of human trafficking to bring a civil
action for actual damages, compensatory damages, punitive damages,
injunctive relief, any combination of those, or any other appropriate
Existing law generally regulates various business activities and
practices, including those of retail sellers and manufacturers of
This bill would, beginning January 1, 2011, require retail sellers
and manufacturers doing business in the state to develop, maintain,
and implement policies related to their compliance with federal and
state law regarding the eradication of slavery and human trafficking,
as specified. That provision would not apply to a retail seller or
manufacturer having less than $2,000,000 in annual sales. The bill
would also make a specified statement of legislative intent regarding
slavery and human trafficking.
The bill would also establish the Commission to Combat Slavery and
Human Trafficking, as specified.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes
no . State-mandated local program: no.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1. The Legislature finds and declares the following:
(a) Slavery and human trafficking are crimes under state, federal,
and international law.
(b) Slavery and human trafficking exist in every country,
including the United States, and the State of California, and
consumers and businesses are often inadvertently touched by this
crime through the unknowing purchase of goods that have been infected
in the supply chain.
(c) As a result of the criminal natures of slavery and human
trafficking, these crimes are often hidden from view and are
difficult to uncover and track.
(d) Eradicating slavery and human trafficking from California
consumer goods will serve the ultimate goal of eradicating slavery
and human trafficking worldwide.
(e) Where slavery and human trafficking are found to exist, a
policy of engagement by business, government, and nongovernmental
organizations, rather than boycotts or disengagement, is often a more
successful strategy in the fight to eradicate this criminally
(f) It is the policy of this state to assist California businesses
to identify and work to eliminate slavery and human trafficking from
their supply chains, to educate consumers on how to purchase goods
produced by companies that responsibly manage their supply chains,
and, thereby, to improve the lives of victims of slavery and human
SEC. 2. Section 1714.43 is added to the Civil Code, to read:
1714.43. (a) Every retail seller and manufacturer doing business
in this state shall develop, maintain, and implement a policy setting
forth its efforts to comply with federal and state law regarding the
eradication of slavery and human trafficking from its supply chain.
(b) The policy described in subdivision (a) shall be posted on the
retail seller's or manufacturer's Internet Web site, and shall be
made available in writing upon request by a consumer.
(c) The policy described in subdivision (a) shall, at a minimum,
include both of the following elements:
(1) That the company and all the suppliers in its supply chain,
including the suppliers of the raw materials incorporated into the
product, will comply with the laws regarding slavery and human
trafficking of the country or countries in which they are doing
(2) That the company will make a good faith effort to eradicate
slavery and human trafficking in its existing supply chain rather
than only stop doing business in the area where it discovers that its
supply chain is tainted by slavery or human trafficking.
(d) This section shall not apply to a retail seller or
manufacturer having less than two million dollars ($2,000,000) in
(e) Nothing in this section shall require a manufacturer to reveal
a trade secret.
(f) The exclusive remedy for a violation of this section shall be
an action brought by the Attorney General for injunctive relief.
Nothing in this section shall limit remedies available for a
violation of any other state or federal law.
(g) The provisions of this section shall take effect on January 1,
SEC. 3. Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section
8305) is added to Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to
CHAPTER 4.5. COMMISSION TO COMBAT SLAVERY AND HUMAN
8305. (a) There is in state government the Commission to Combat
Slavery and Human Trafficking.
(b) The commission shall be composed of nine members. The Governor
shall appoint four members, each having been nominated by a
statewide business organization. The Speaker of the Assembly shall
appoint two members nominated by an organization whose primary
purpose is the eradication of slavery and human trafficking. The
Senate Committee on Rules shall appoint one member nominated by an
organization whose primary purpose is the eradication of slavery and
human trafficking and one member who is a representative of organized
labor nominated by the California Labor Federation. The Secretary of
Business, Transportation and Housing shall also serve on the
(c) The powers and duties of the commission shall include all of
(1) To investigate complaints about slavery and human trafficking
or the failure of a company to have a policy in compliance with
Section 1714.43 of the Civil Code.
(2) To establish educational and training programs and best
practices to assist those companies subject to Section 1714.43 of the
Civil Code in developing policies to combat slavery and human
(3) To review company policies and certify that those company
policies comply with best practices.
(4) To award companies for exceptional efforts in combating
slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains.
(5) To report annually to the Governor and Legislature on its
activities and make recommendations on the implementation of this
(d) The commission shall be funded from private sources and may
charge fees to companies who use its services. The commission may
accept grants, donations, or funding from any source.
(e) The commission shall be a nonprofit public benefit corporation
under the laws of the State of California.