Serial No. 113-19: Local and Private Sector Initiatives to Combat International Human Trafficking, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, May 7, 2013   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is the May 7, 2013 hearing "Local and Private Sector Initiatives to Combat International Human Trafficking" held before the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives. From the opening statement of Edward Royce: "This focus of this committee hearing is on local and private sector initiatives to combat international human trafficking in persons. If we think about it, one of the big questions of civilization is how we treat those who are most defenseless in our midst, and the responsibility that we all have in a society in order to try to come to the aid of those who are most exploited. And in terms of trafficking in persons, this is one of the most grievous offenses against human dignity. It impacts almost every country on this planet. It disproportionately victimizes girls, children. Experts estimate that, in terms of all forms of trafficking, there are 20 million people worldwide subjected to forced labor, a broad designation that covers everything from debt bondage to the forced conscription of child soldiers, to the commercial exploitation of millions of women and children trapped in lives of sexual servitude. But even these jarring statistics can obscure the despair at the heart of these crimes. The harm of trafficking may be more clearly seen in the eyes of an abused 12-year-old girl who is being robbed of her freedom, robbed of her youth and of her hope. […] As we will hear today, these are not just faraway problems affecting the developing world." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following:Don Knabe, Bradley Myles, Shawn MacDonald, and Gerald E. Connolly.

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