U.S. to Release Trafficking in Persons Report
June 10, 2010
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will announce the release of the 10th annual Trafficking in Persons Report on Monday, June 14, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the Department of State.
The 177-country report is the most comprehensive worldwide report on the efforts of governments to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons, a modern form of slavery. Its findings are intended to raise global awareness and spur countries to take effective actions to counter trafficking in persons. The assessment includes reports on 175 countries assigned ranks, including the first-ever ranking of the United States. Commentary on Haiti and Somalia, which are considered special cases, is also included.
The United States estimates that each year millions of men, women, and children are trafficked all over the world. Human trafficking victims can be subjected to labor exploitation or sexual exploitation, or both. These forms of modern slavery can happen in an individual's own country, and are often the result of cultural attitudes and traditions, as well as economic challenges.
Reporters who wish to schedule an interview with the G/TIP Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca after the release of the report may contact Public Affairs Officer Talley Sergent at (202) 312-9653, or firstname.lastname@example.org.