In Ratha v. Phatthana Seafood Co. Ltd., Cambodian plaintiffs sued various companies under the Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), alleging that the companies benefitted from human trafficking in the shrimp and seafood industries in Thailand.
A California district court found that the claims against certain defendants failed because those companies did not knowingly participate in or benefit from human trafficking; that decision is now on appeal to the Ninth Circuit.
Bloomberg Law’s Federal Contracting News examines the significance of the case for government contractors and large companies with overseas business. Sarah Rathke provides comments on the substantial risks that companies with global supply chains could be subject to if there is a finding of passive TVPRA liability.
You can read the article here: Human Trafficking Case Could Increase Supply Chain Stress.