SACBC CPLO: The 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report

On 27th June, 2017, the American Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, released the US’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report. On that occasion he said:

“Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues in our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law and spurs other transnational criminal activity. It threatens public safety and national security. But most of all the crime robs human beings of their freedom and dignity. That is why we must put an end to the scourge of human trafficking.”

Nonetheless, this report is widely acknowledged as being one of the best resources available for gauging the political will of governments to fight what Pope Francis has called a ‘shameful wound,’4 and of assessing the steps being taken to implement good practices around the world. Many NGOs and international organisations use it as a basis for deciding where resources, political pressure and advocacy are most needed. 

The report analyses 190 nations, two more than in 2015, with the addition of Libya and Yemen. It highlights that 20 nations are doing better than in 2015, while 27 countries were downgraded according to the tier system used to assess the effectiveness of various nations’ actions in this regard.

Click here to read the report.

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