State Department has released the 2005 Trafficking in Persons
Report. The 150-country report is the most comprehensive
worldwide report on the efforts of governments to combat
severe forms of trafficking in persons, or modern-day slavery.
Its findings will raise global awareness and spur countries
to take effective actions to counter trafficking in persons.
"This fifth annual Trafficking in Persons
Report, along with the $96 million in anti-trafficking assistance
our nation provided to foreign governments and non-government
organizations last year, demonstrates our strong commitment
to this cause. This year, we included more country analyses
as a result of deeper research and a wider range of sources.
We also expanded our coverage of labor slavery, especially
internal labor trafficking. Forced labor and involuntary
servitude are appallingly common, including whole villages
working to pay off old debts passed down through generations.
The TIP Report serves to expose these despicable
aspects of trafficking. It provokes, lauds, and challenges.
Countries including the United States, which is dealing
with its own trafficking problem, have been inspired to
greater action against human trafficking as a result of
this unique compendium. By reading it, we hope you are joining
with us in the abolitionist movement of the 21st century
to advance freedom for the world's most vulnerable citizens."
-- (Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice)