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Crude Labor, International Statistics Examined

Content by: US Department of State

28 July 2015, New York, USA | South-South News – With the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons approaching, the US Department of State published the 2015 findings which shed light on the traps related to illegal work.

Child trafficking, forced labor, domestic servitude and the use of child soldiers are all areas of labor scrutinized in the document. The aim of the report is to enlighten and engage international players, from corporations in the private sector to governing bodies, so that trafficking can be prevented and eliminated worldwide.

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Read the executive summary below, then click here to read the full report.


"Trafficking in persons," "human trafficking," and "modern slavery" have been used as umbrella terms for the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-386), as amended (TVPA), and the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (the Palermo Protocol) describe this compelled service using a number of different terms, including involuntary servitude, slavery or practices similar to slavery, debt bondage, and forced labor.

Human trafficking can include, but does not require, movement. People may be considered trafficking victims regardless of whether they were born into a state of servitude, were exploited in their hometown, were transported to the exploitative situation, previously consented to work for a trafficker, or participated in a crime as a direct result of being subjected to trafficking. At the heart of this phenomenon is the traffickers' goal of exploiting and enslaving their victims and the myriad coercive and deceptive practices they use to do so.


The report included is a product of a third-party organization. South-South News does not own the rights to the report, nor is South-South News affiliated with the organization. The report is provided as a way to showcase an informative, fact-based and unbiased research and analysis publication exploring an important issue of global development. For more information, please visit the website of the author organization directly.

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