Each year for the last decade the U.S. State Department has released the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, which “grades” countries of the world according to their progress in working to end human trafficking. For the first time, the U.S. has included itself in the report. According to Secretary Clinton, “The United States takes its first-ever ranking not as a reprieve but as a responsibility to strengthen global efforts against modern slavery, including those within America. This human rights abuse is universal, and no one should claim immunity from its reach or from the responsibility to confront it.”

Countries are ranked by a tier system, with Tier 1 (which includes the U.S.) being those countries that meet at least minimum requirements for fighting human trafficking. Those in Tier 2 are doing some work, but need to do more; Tier 3 countries aren’t meeting minimum requirements and aren’t really trying to do so.

According to the report, more than 12.3 million people are trafficked worldwide; the major forms of human trafficking include forced and bonded labor, sex trafficking, forced child labor, and child soldiers.

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~ Marsha

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