Tuesday, June 28, 2011

US expands human trafficking blacklist

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. — Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

ACCORDING TO AN MSNBC article from yesterday, June 27, the US State Department has designated 23 countries as failing to meet minimum international standards to stop human trafficking. An estimated 23 million men, women and children are enslaved, but the majority of victims are women and children. 





US expands human trafficking blacklist to 23
List of countries that may face US sanctions nearly doubles; 41 countries on watch list

June 27, 2011

The Obama administration on Monday nearly doubled the number of countries that may face U.S. sanctions for not doing enough to combat human trafficking, calling on those and other nations to get serious and take tough steps to eradicate the lucrative illicit practice.


In its annual Trafficking in Persons report, the State Department identified 23 nations as failing to meet minimum international standards to curb the scourge, which claims mainly women and children as victims. That's up from 13 in 2010. Another 41 countries were placed on a "watch list" that could lead to sanctions unless their records improve.


The report analyzed conditions in 184 nations, including the United States, and ranked them in terms of their effectiveness in fighting what many have termed modern-day slavery. The State Department estimates that as many as 27 million men, women and children are living in such bondage around the worlds.

Click here to read the entire MSNBC article.

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