On July 28, Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report, which ranks 188 countries on their efforts to combat human trafficking, including the United States.
The TIP Report is the world’s “gold standard” for information on the global crime of modern-day slavery.
The report shows a desperate need for more international assistance to free children, women and men from enslavement and to prosecute and punish those who exploited and abused them.
There is a bipartisan initiative in Congress that would provide increased U.S. foreign aid through a public-private partnership, the End Modern Slavery Initiative. It will receive funds from other government donors as well.
I’m pleased that Sen. Johnny Isakson has already co-sponsored EMSI, S.553.
Human trafficking is a huge problem in our world today, and most people have no idea it exists. I am writing this letter to call people to action against this travesty.