Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), co-chair of the Congressional Human Trafficking Caucus, hailed today's release by the U.S. State Department of its 2013 Trafficking in Persons report, which reviews and ranks foreign nations' anti-trafficking policies.
"This annual report provides us with a snapshot of what is happening globally to combat human slavery, and demonstrates very clearly what political will and political action can do to help end these horrific practices," Maloney said. "I applaud Secretary Kerry, Ambassador CdeBaca, and the entire U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor & Combat Trafficking in Persons for their commitment to these issues. This report is an important yardstick of the progress we are making in combating one of the world's most terrible and persistent crimes: the trafficking of human beings."
Under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, the State Department is required to produce an annual report that reviews recent trends in human trafficking and places countries on a four-tier scale based on their commitment to anti-trafficking policies.