Washington, DC (June 19, 2012) — World Vision applauds the release of the 2012 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The annual report is an excellent example of the influence the United States has in the global fight against modern day slavery and shows some important strides forward.
“While many countries, including the United States, still have a long way to go, the increased attention and pressure to bring modern day slavery to light helps all of us on the front lines,” said Jesse Eaves, World Vision’s Senior Policy Advisor for Child Protection in the United States.
The updated rankings show many countries are doing better in combating slavery as a direct result of U.S. pressure and assistance. Overall 29 countries have been upgraded in terms of their response. Countries like Bangladesh and the Dominican Republic who were recently some of the lowest ranked countries have shown improvement in implementing their new laws in the areas of prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnership.
However, this updated picture of modern day slavery highlights the complete failure of Congress to reauthorize the very law that makes this report possible: The Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
World Vision calls on both Houses of Congress and the Administration to put aside their political games and work together to pass the Senate version of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (S.1301). Since Congress allowed the bill to expire in September 2011, every day that passes without Congress reauthorizing the law weakens U.S. influence in the fight against modern day slavery and lessens the impact of the TIP Report.
“Congress’ inaction gives no hope for the 20 million slaves around the world and makes millions of men, women, and especially children around the world even more vulnerable to exploitation,” said Eaves. “This issue has always brought together all sides to work together to fight slavery. The release of the 2012 TIP Report should be a reminder that the United States can continue to be a global leader in that fight.”
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