To Authorize Appropriations for Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013 for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, and for Other Purposes; and to Prohibit Funding to the United Nations Population Fund, Markup Before the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session on H.R. 2830 and H.R. 2059, October 5, 2011 [open pdf - 5MB]
From the statement of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: "As many here know, every year hundreds of thousands of people are trafficked around the world, most of them women and girls. Millions more are trapped within their own countries, forced to work in dangerous labor and sexual servitude. This form of modern-day slavery is an affront to human dignity as well as a major source of revenue for international criminal syndicates. This scourge is not limited to a particular geographic region or only to developing countries. Ultimately the tragedy of human trafficking lies not in statistics but in the individual lives, hopes, and dreams that are being crushed for a particular person, in a particular place, today. I am proud of the bipartisan, leading role that the House and this committee have played in moving the fight against human trafficking from a non-issue to a priority of our United States Government. […] We can take some solace in the fact that these efforts have dramatically raised the international profile of this slavery and have prompted a number of countries to pass their own anti-trafficking statutes. There has also been a rise in the number of international prosecutions for trafficking, over 6,000 last year, leading to over 3,600 convictions. But so much more remains to be done. Trafficking arrests vastly outnumber prosecutions and convictions. And 22 countries have earned the dubious distinction of the worst Tier III status in the State Department's annual rankings, an increase of ten countries since the last report. This means that those countries, which include the perennial rogues such as Iran, Cuba, and North Korea are not trying to meet even the most basic anti-trafficking standards." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Christopher H. Smith, Karen Bass, Edward R. Royce, Christopher S. Murphy, Jeff Fortenberry, Gerald E. Connolly, Donald M. Payne, David Cicilline, William Keating, Christopher S. Murphy, and Gregory W. Meeks.
Serial No. 112-118
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