The 10th annual TIP Report outlines the continuing challenges around the world in the fight against trafficking. Including 177 nations, its findings will raise global awareness and spur countries to take effective actions to counter trafficking in people. Many key trends were identified, including the suffering of women and children in involuntary domestic servitude, the challenges and successes in identifying and protecting victims, and the need for anti-trafficking policies as part of our response to natural disasters, evidenced by the aftermath of Haiti.
For the first time, the report also ranks the US based on the same standards they hold other countries to account. This is a step towards taking responsibility to strengthen global efforts against trafficking. What stands out is that human trafficking as a human rights abuse is universal and as no country can claim immunity either from its reach or the responsibility to confront it; and the global community must extend guardianship of a global crisis to its civilians.
The message is that trafficking ‘cannot be tolerated in any culture, community, or country.’ The report points to some cases in places such as Afghanistan, where victims face additional hardships within communities assisting cases that involve perceived ‘honour’ crimes. That is why it is so important to raise awareness. STOP THE TRAFFIK is working to get communities active against trafficking with our ACT campaign. What does trafficking look like in your area? What are the signs? How could you spread awareness? For more resources on how to get involved with ACT check out www.stopthetraffik.org/act.
See the TIP report here: http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/tiprpt/2010/
Read victims’ stories here: http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/tiprpt/2010/142751.htm