U.S. Must Track Human Trafficking Better
The State Department, on Tuesday, released a report that says over 27 million people across the globe live in slavery, be it indentured servitude, sex trafficking, forced military service or bonded labor.
Hilary Clinton the U.S. Secretary of State unveiled the Trafficking in Person Report, which exposes international trafficking from North Korea to the United States. The report exposes countries such as Iran, North Korea, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan as the worst offenders of human rights. It also gives a perspective into the problems the United States has regarding the same problem.
Clinton said on Tuesday that the report gave an open, honest and clear assessment on where everyone stands. She said it took a hard look at all governments around the world including the United States, as we need to hold ourselves to the same standards that everyone else is held to.
The U.S. was ranked high in combating human trafficking, but the report showed the U.S. needs to improve data collection methods at the federal, state and local level to better monitor the trends in human trafficking.
Forty-nine of the fifty states have a statute forbidding human trafficking and all 50 of the states have laws that prohibit underage prostitution. The report noted that last year advocacy groups and the government helped even more foreign victims receive T-visas, a non-immigrant visa that allows victims to remain in the country to access services and heal. In 2011, the U.S. helped 557 foreigners and over 700 family members with these visas compared to just 447 in 2010.