As many of you know, today Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice issued the
latest report describing the actions of governments around the world to
protect and free vulnerable people from human trafficking. We invite you
to read it at http://www.state.gov/g/tip/.
This wide-ranging and textured report exposes many despicable aspects of
modern-day slavery, and the threats to dignity, law, and security it poses
to nations worldwide. It also gives credit where much is due for
governments acting upon a will to change. The Report lays out a blueprint
for countries to better help victims and hold their exploiters to account,
offering U.S. partnership to do so.
As Secretary Rice has said: “All nations that are resolute in the fight to
end human trafficking have a partner in the United States. Together we
will continue to affirm that no human life can be devalued or discounted.
Together we will stop at nothing to end the debasement of our fellow men
and women. And together we will bring forth a world of fuller hope, a
world where people enjoy the full blessings of their God-given liberty.”
We are proud to stand with governmental and non-governmental abolitionist
partners around the world to end this form of modern-day slavery.
Ambassador Mark P. Lagon
Director, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
U.S. Department of State