The 2020 Trafficking in Humans Report
On June 25th, 2020, the US State Department released the 20th edition of the "Trafficking in Humans' report.
While it is commendable that there is a highlight on this issue, the fact that it has been on the radar for 20 years with no significant progress is disheartening.
Go straight to Page 514 to read about the situation in the United States of America. The report says:
The Government of the United States fully meets the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. The government continued to demonstrate serious and sustained efforts during the reporting period; therefore the United States remained on Tier 1. These efforts included increasing the number of investigations, increasing the amount of funding for victim services, and increasing enforcement of the prohibition of imports made wholly or in part by forced labor. Although the government meets the minimum standards, it prosecuted fewer cases and secured convictions against fewer traffickers, issued fewer victims trafficking-specific immigration benefits, and did not adequately screen vulnerable populations for human trafficking indicators. Anti-trafficking advocates reported a continued lack of sustained effort to address labor trafficking, increased obstacles for foreign nationals to secure victim protections, and a systemic inability to prevent traffickers from using employment-based and other nonimmigrant visa programs.
The world owes its citizens a better life.
Download and read the full report below.