Just yesterday, June 19th, the U.S. Department of State released its yearly report on human trafficking. The report grades each country across the world in accordance to how well the country is addressing the issue of human trafficking: Tier 1 being the highest ranking and Tier 3 being the lowest ranking. Furthermore the report provides personal stories from victims of human trafficking and commends stand-out citizens across the world who have made an impact on the fight against human trafficking. While the report does show tremendous improvements that many countries have made, it also emphasizes some of the key issues that governments still need to tackle. In her address during the unveiling of the report, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton made a crucial point in which she discussed the importance of protecting victims of human trafficking. Methods and guides can be found in the report, informing readers on what is being done to protect victims and restore them to freedom.
Each year the US Department of State releases a Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The TIP is a resource for governmental anti-human trafficking efforts worldwide as well as a way to engage foreign governments on this issue. The TIP looks at the global nature and scope of human trafficking along with actions to combat it. Each country included in the TIP is placed into one of three tiers. Countries’ placements are based on the extent of their governments’ compliance with Section 108 of the Trafficking Victims Prevention Act (TVPA), which puts forth “minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.” Countries with a Tier 1 ranking are not free from the problem of human trafficking, but have acknowledged its existence, attempted to confront it, and comply with the standards set by the TVPA.
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