Just in time for the U.N.’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, July 30, the U.S. State Department released its 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.
In his introductory remarks, Secretary of State John Kerry said trafficking is a $150 billion industry exploiting 20 million people around the world.
The much-anticipated annual report rates 188 countries on their efforts to eliminate trafficking, which includes forced labor, sexual exploitation, and recruitment of child soldiers. Both Burundi and South Sudan, which have seen an uptick in violence, were demoted from the Tier 2 Watch List to Tier 3, the lowest rating. Penalties for Tier 3 countries could include restrictions on funding and nonhumanitarian assistance.
Photo©2014 Jay Mark Mijares/World Vision
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