A young boy works 12-hour days packing mud bricks in Liberia
INTERNATIONAL: The global economic crisis has made people more vulnerable to human trafficking, according to the ninth annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) released by the State Department on Tue., June 16.
Ambassador Luis C de Baca, director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, called the report a “global snapshot of the modern slavery problem.” He added that “poor people are more likely to be fooled by traffickers offering the lure of a better life.”
Included in the report are harrowing tales of the victims. They include stories such as an Indian couple who were bonded laborers at a rice mill for more than 30 years and the story of a woman trafficked from Nigeria through Ghana to Italy, where she was forced to have sex with more than 25 men a day.
Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world and its victims are forced into labor or sexual exploitation. In the TIP report, countries that don’t comply with minimum standards to combat human trafficking receive a Tier 3 ranking and may be subject to U.S. sanctions...
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