Skip to content

Washington, D.C. – The Senate passed legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., last week that is designed to protect children from traveling sales industry negligence and make the industry safer and more accountable and responsible.

Enzi, ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on Employment, Safety and Training, cosponsored the Traveling Sales Crew Protection Act, S. 2549, introduced by Senator Herb Kohl, D-Wisc. The bill would ban children under 18 from selling door-to-door as part of traveling sales crews that take employees away from their residence for more than 24 hours. The Senate passed the bill unanimously.

"Traveling sales companies lure children with the promise of great adventure," said Enzi. "But the best interest of the children is not their number one priority. This bill will make the traveling sales industry safer and will protect children from employer abuse."

Enzi said that in a given year about 30,000 people, some as young as 14, are employed by about 40 traveling sales companies in the U.S.

The traveling sales industry employs young people to sell, among other things, magazines, cleaning solution, jewelry, candy and perfume.

Enzi has been working with Kohl since January, 2001 to pass this legislation to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Kohl introduced the legislation after a fatal van crash in 1999 near Janesville, Wisconsin took the lives of seven young people traveling as part of a sales crew.

Similar legislation is pending in the House.