The US Department of State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Person (TIP) released a new report this past Monday detailing the global trafficking epidemic, US funds delegated to combatting trafficking and outlining 12 nations that risk government sanctions for failing to adequately fight human trafficking.
The 2006 report, "Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000: Trafficking in Persons Report" details this form of modern-day slavery. Ambassador John Miller remarked of the report:
Here we are in the 21st century and we're talking about slavery. Wouldn't this be a shock to our abolitionist ancestors who thought they finished the job back in the 19th century.The reports places countries into one of three "Tiers" based on their ability and success at combatting trafficking. Tier 1 includes countries that are actively fighting sex trafficking; Tier 2 is comprised on those countries that are doing something to fight trafficking, but need to do more; while Tier 3 is made up of countries that have failed to adequately address the trafficking within their countries. Additionally, a "Tier 2 Watch List" has been introduced that includes countries that are in danger of slipping down to Tier 3.
Yes, the slavery is different in some ways. Back then it was state-sanctioned slavery based primarily on color. Today it's not based primarily on color and it's not state-sanctioned, although sometimes governments look the other way. But the tricks of the slave masters are still the same: deception, fraud, beating, kidnapping, rape. And the challenge of modern-day slavery extends into every country in the world, including the United States of America.
Twelve countries comprise Tier 3 and risk sanctions imposed against them by the US government: Belize, Burma, Cuba, Iran, Laos, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Zimbabwe