Combating Trafficking in Persons: An International Perspective, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade and Technology of the Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, June 22, 2005 [open pdf - 2MB]
From the opening statement of Subcommittee Chairman Deborah Pryce, "Today we are convening the second in a series of hearings in this subcommittee on a serious issue, trafficking in persons. [...] I expect today's hearing to further expose members of this subcommittee, members of the media and the public to the multifaceted and destructive issues surrounding human trafficking, including the significant economic and financial implications. Today's hearing is timely for a number of reasons. First, in stating the obvious, modern-day slavery will be a timely issue to debate in the halls of Congress and committees across the world until it has its own chapter, complete with a start and a finish, in the history books of every country in the world. Second, just a few weeks ago Ambassador Miller's Trafficking in Persons Office at the State Department released a much-anticipated Trafficking in Persons report, or the TIP report, for 2005. The State Department is required by law to submit a report each year to Congress on the efforts of foreign governments to eliminate severe forms of trafficking in persons. This report covering April 2004 to March 2005 is the fifth annual TIP report." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Dorchen A. Leidholdt, Jessica Neuwirth, Michael E. O'Connor Jr., Lisa L. Thompson, Deborah Pryce, and Barbara Lee.
Serial No. 109-40
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