S. Hrg. 112-605: The Next Ten Years in the Fight Against Human Trafficking: Attacking the Problem with the Right Tools, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, July 17, 2012   [open pdf - 298KB]

From the opening statement of John F. Kerry: "We meet this morning to discuss one of the great moral challenges of our time, the fight against human trafficking. Really, that is almost a light word for what it is. It is really slavery, modern-day slavery. We have barely broken the seal on the 21st century, but already it has been marked by an all too familiar nightmare: the enslavement of men, women, and children for the purposes of forced labor, sexual exploitation, and other egregious violations of human rights. Trafficking in persons is really a blight on world communities. It can be found on Thai fishing boats where Cambodian men are lured under false pretenses and subjected to forced labor at sea. It ensnares young Nepalese women who are coerced into a sex industry that ships them off to destinations in the Persian Gulf, and it steals away the lives of Haitian children who are taken from their families, deprived of education, and forced to labor in a home that is not their own. It is remarkable that there are an estimated 27 million people enslaved in the world today and up to 800,000 people trafficked across international borders each year. With annual profits as high as $32 billion, this criminal enterprise--and that is what it is, a criminal enterprise--has inhumanely commercialized large swaths of humanity where everything, even the lives of young boys and girls, are up for sale." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John F. Kerry, David Abramowitz, Holly Burkhalter, Jada Pinkett Smith, Neha Misra, and the Alliance to End Slavery.

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