USA: Trafficking Report Includes United States for First Time
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 5:45 PM

The United States government released the worldwide Trafficking in Persons Report on June 14, 2010, the first such report to include an analysis of the United States.  Though the report notes that the United States is a source and destination country as well as a point of transit, it is ranked among the 28 countries in the top tier for compliance with standards established by the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000.

The report estimates that throughout the world there are 12.3 million children and adults involved in forced and bonded labor and forced prostitution.  Yet last year there were just 4,166 successful prosecutions of trafficking cases.
The report also includes case studies from several nations, including the United States. One such account details the experience of a 13 year old American girl who was charged with prostitution despite her inability to legally consent to sex; no attempts were made to locate and prosecute her pimp.
Secretary of State Hilary Clinton noted that in addition to foreign workers attracted to the United States by the expectation of greater opportunity and subsequently abused by employers, Americans are also subject to trafficking and forced into sexual slavery.