Serial No. 108-137: Ongoing Tragedy of International Slavery and Human Trafficking: An Overview: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session, October 29, 2003 [open pdf - 8MB]
From the opening statement of Dan Burton: "The subcommittee is convening today to examine the atrocious practices of human trafficking and slavery around the world. It is hard to believe in the 21st century that we are even talking about this. Although many people believe that slavery and human trafficking are no longer a major problem, it is estimated that more than 27 million cases of human trafficking occur every year--27 million. This figure represents the highest concentration of slaves in the entire history of mankind. You would not believe that in the 21st century, would you? Human slavery and trafficking is a worldwide crisis that affects 116 countries, including many industrialized and developed nations like the United Kingdom and Australia. No country is immune from these illegal practices. However, every nation needs to put into place strong measures to deter and prevent these crimes against humanity." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Miller, Kent Hill, Janice Raymond, Andrew Johnson, Sharon Cohn, Mohamed Mattar, Kevin Bales, Dan Burton, Elijah E. Cummings, and Christopher H. Smith.
Serial No. 108-137
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