Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff at the Stop Human Trafficking Symposium [September 9, 2008]   [open pdf - 68KB]

From the remarks of Michael Chertoff: "Now, this problem of human trafficking is a global problem. It's not going to end overnight, but it is something that ought to be very much front and center in the 21st century. It is simply too late in the day to be facing the kinds of problems of slavery that we tend to think about as having happened centuries ago and that reflect one of the greatest stains on modern civilization. I believe we can crack this issue. I believe we can crack it in the same way that we've cracked other organized criminal activity, whether it's been narcotics activity, organized crime domination of economic activity, or a whole host of other criminal enterprises that we have fought over the years. What it requires us to do is to work together as a team, to use all the tools in the toolbox, and to think about best approaches and practices we can share with each other so we can attack this problem. It's one that has global implications; it's one that requires a global, unified effort. I was pleased about a month ago when I was out in California at a border governor's conference to see Mexican governors and American governors from the Southwest working very hard to focus on this problem as well. It would be a great tribute to the advance of civilization if, in the years to come, we can say we have stamped out this problem of human trafficking not only overseas, but here in this country, as well."

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