S. Hrg. 108-639; Serial No. J-108-86: Examining U.S. Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery: Hearing before the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, July 7, 2004   [open pdf - 6MB]

From the opening statement of John Cornyn: "Today's hearing will examine U.S. efforts to combat human trafficking and slavery across America. As we continue to fight to protect the American way of life in our war against terrorism, we have also been fighting another war to protect American ideals and principles, a war against an old evil - human trafficking and slavery. Most Americans would probably be shocked to learn that the institutions of slavery and involuntary servitude, institutions that this Nation fought a bloody war to destroy, continue to persist today, not just around the world, but indeed hidden in communities across America...Today, we will hear tales of human suffering from across America. The experiences that we will hear recounted amount to a modern- day form of slavery. The stories are not easy to hear, but we must hear them and we must face up to them if we are to finish the work of the 13th Amendment and truly expel the institution of slavery from our midst. We will hear the witnesses' testimonies, and then we will learn what the administration has been doing in this area. Specifically, we will examine the Justice Department's efforts to protect the victims of human trafficking and slavery, to punish the evildoers, and to prevent other innocent human beings from ever having to suffer the same fate." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Cornyn, Richard J. Durbin, Russell D. Feingold, Patrick J. Leahy, Charles E. Schumer, Mary Ellen Dougherty, Mohamed Y. Mattar, Joseph Mettimano, Wendy Patten, Michael Shelby, Charles Song, Johnny Sutton, and Johnny Sutton.

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