It comes as a shock to many to discover that slavery still exists today. At this moment, more than 40 million people are effectively someone else’s property — in factories, fishing boats, farms and brothels.
On June 28, the U.S. State Department released the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report, which spotlights human trafficking and ranks 188 countries on their efforts to end this crime within their borders. It is essential this annual report tell the truth about slavery so we can effectively work toward a world where everyone is free.
The Trump administration and Congress should utilize U.S. diplomacy and foreign aid to combat slavery, specifically by protecting the integrity of the report, reauthorizing the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, appointing a new ambassador to head the Trafficking in Persons office and fully funding U.S. efforts to end this stoppable crime.
Anna Seipel, Lincoln