Assessment of DOD Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons: Phase II-Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo   [open pdf - 445KB]

"In June 2002 the Inspector General of the Department of Defense initiated a Human Trafficking Assessment Project in response to concerns expressed by 13 Members of Congress regarding media reports that 'U.S. military personnel, particularly those stationed in South Korea, are engaged in activities that promote and facilitate the trafficking and exploitation of women.' The first phase of that project addressed concerns involving United States Forces Korea (USFK). Our Phase I report dated July 10, 2003, identified several opportunities to build on the aggressive efforts taken by USFK leadership to combat human trafficking in Korea.[…] Noting the 'vast scope of the problem of trafficking in human beings' and the need to 'achieve international cooperation to combat trafficking,' the original Members of Congress who expressed concerns emphasized that any investigation into the issue of DoD complicity in human trafficking must be 'thorough, global, and extensive.' Accordingly, after completing the assessment in Korea, we turned our attention to the European theater, specifically Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo, based on various indications that human trafficking was a growing menace in those regions. In this second phase, we undertook to determine the extent to which commanding officers and other DoD officers and employees in authority were being 'vigilant in inspecting the conduct of all persons who are placed under their command' (10 U.S.C. §§ 3583, 5942, 8583) and otherwise suppressing human trafficking, and whether Service members assigned to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) peacekeeping forces were engaged in any activities that promoted or facilitated the trafficking and exploitation of women."

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