Photo “A 9-year-old girl toils under the hot sun, making bricks from morning to night, seven days a week. She was trafficked with her entire family from Bihar, one of the poorest and most underdeveloped states in India, and sold to the owner of a brick-making factory. With no means of escape, and unable to speak the local language, the family is isolated and lives in terrible conditions.”
The attack on America is now being done by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who included the United States in the list of nations that traffic in human slavery. This is the first time that the US has been included on the list. If Human Rights and human trafficking were so important, why haven’t these issues been faced and brought up with the countries that are the primary offenders during her tenure as SOS and Obama’s as president? Why hasn’t this problem been on the front pages of our newspapers? Is there any question about her leftist leanings?
Would you like to see how they decided to add the United States in their report? The report should show us citizens how our country traffics in slaves and its resulting bondage of those people. Is this report as damning as the one that Janet Napolitano used to label “right wing extremists” in her Report? Now Hillary is labeling the US as nation that traffics in Human Slavery. Are you as offended as I am?
According to a 2004 report by the National Human Rights Center (NHRC) in Berkeley, California, there were about 10,000 forced laborers in the U.S. Of those, one-third were domestic servants and some were children. The government only keeps track of survivors of trafficking so the number is an approximate number. In the Attorney General’s Annual Report to Congress on U.S. Government Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons in 2005, an estimated 14,000 people were being trafficked into the United States each year. Since trafficking is illegal, accurate statistics are difficult. According to Wiki, The United States Justice Department estimated that the number might be as high as 17,500 people a year, but it is unclear how they calculated that number. Even more unclear is how those estimates were increased enough to place the US on the list. Most articles about human trafficking in the US are still using the numbers from the 2004 report by the NHRC in Berkeley. If that facility is getting federal grants, why haven’t the numbers been updated to reflect the significant changes in the last six years that helped put the US on the list?
Are these crimes being investigated by the illustrious Eric Holder and the Department of Justice? Isn’t one of the Secretary of State’s departments responsible for visas into the US? An immediate investigation should be begun in updating how immigrants are allowed into the US and how these “slaves” are being brought into the country. What goes unanswered in the Report is why the US is now listed. Does the Obama administration want us to be equal to other countries that really do traffic in enslaving humans, or moving humans across borders like Mexico. I, for one, would like examples of why the US was added to the list and what is being done to prevent it; if, indeed, it is so prevalent that the US made the list for the first time in her history! A gallery of images, that includes the one above, is available at the end of this article. There were no photos of any “American Slaves.”
Secretary of State Clinton included the U.S. for the FIRST time on the State Department’s list of nations “trafficking in persons” for forced labor ranging from farm workers to pole dancers and prostitutes.
“There are Americans, unfortunately, who are held in slavery,” Clinton said in releasing the annual report on nations who promote or permit the international trade in human beings for profit.
The report said the main source countries for forced labor in the U.S. were Thailand, Mexico, the Philippines, Haiti and India.
“The obvious reality is that we, too, are a source country,” said Luis C. de Baca, ambassador-at-Large for trafficking in persons.
In the report, the U.S. was singled out as “source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically forced labor, debt bondage, and forced prostitution.”
The report added that “Trafficking occurs primarily for labor and most commonly in domestic servitude, agriculture, manufacturing, janitorial services, hotel services, construction, health and elder care, hair and nail salons, and strip club dancing.”
Office To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
I am pleased to celebrate and reflect upon the last decade of progress identifying and fighting the phenomenon of modern slavery. Ten years ago, the United Nations negotiated the international standards against trafficking in persons and the United States enacted the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Since then, the international community has witnessed tangible progress in the effort to end the scourge of trafficking in persons. More victims have been protected, more cases have been successfully prosecuted, and more instances of this human rights abuse have been prevented.
Countries that once denied the existence of human trafficking now work to identify victims and help them overcome the trauma of modern slavery, as well as hold responsible those who enslave others. Although progress has undoubtedly been made against this global phenomenon, there is more work to do. This annual assessment is an opportunity to diagnose the world’s efforts to implement the “3P” paradigm of prevention, protection, and prosecution. Based on lessons learned, we must work together with civil society, the corporate sector, and across governments through the “fourth P” – partnership – toward a world in which every man, woman, and child is safe from the hands of traffickers and can realize their God-given potential.
The 10th annual Trafficking in Persons Report outlines the continuing challenges across the globe, including in the United States. The Report, for the first time, includes a ranking of the United States based on the same standards to which we hold other countries. The United States takes its first-ever ranking not as a reprieve but as a responsibility to strengthen global efforts against modern slavery, including those within America. This human rights abuse is universal, and no one should claim immunity from its reach or from the responsibility to confront it.
This year’s report highlights several key trends, including the suffering of women and children in involuntary domestic servitude, the challenges and successes in identifying and protecting victims, and the need to include anti-trafficking policies in our response to natural disasters, as was evident in the aftermath of this year’s earthquake in Haiti.
Ending this global scourge is an important policy priority for the United States. This fluid phenomenon continues to affect cultures, communities, and countries spanning the globe. Through partnerships, we can confront it head-on and lift its victims from slavery to freedom.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Trafficking in Persons: Ten Years of Partnering to Combat Modern Slavery
Bureau of Public Affairs
June 14, 2010
“The victims of modern slavery have many faces. They are men and women, adults and children.Yet, all are denied basic human dignity and freedom. … All too often suffering from horrible physical and sexual abuse, it is hard for them to imagine that there might be a place of refuge.”
— President Barack Obama
The photographs in this gallery were taken to illustrate the State Department’s annual report on “Trafficking in Persons,” required under the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000. This report serves as the primary diplomatic tool through which the U.S. Government encourages other countries to help fight forced labor, sexual exploitation, and modern-day slavery.