The U.S. Department of State released the first Trafficking In Persons (TIP) report in 2001 as mandated by Congress in the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000. It is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking as well as assess their actions to confront and eliminate it. The TIP report provides an extensive, current, and global evaluation of the scope of trafficking in persons and local government response for 186 countries, including the United States. It is the most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and is released annually.
Current research estimates that as many as 27 million people around the world are victims of modern slavery.
Of the 186 countries included in the 2012 report, only 33 complied fully with laws in place to end human trafficking and 17 countries were fully non-compliant. However, 29 countries had been elevated to a higher ranking than last years findings, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton indicated this means that “their governments are taking the right steps.”
“These victims of modern slavery … their stories remind us of what kind of inhumane treatment we are still capable of as human beings,” Clinton said. “Traffickers prey on the hopes and dreams of those seeking a better life, and our goal should be to put those hopes and dreams back within reach…”
Read the 2012 TIP Report just released here.