Combating Forced Labor and Modern-Day Slavery in East Asia and the Pacific: Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, of the Committee on Foreign Relations, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, July 8, 2014   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is the July 8, 2014 hearing on "Combating Forced Labor and Modern-Day Slavery in East Asia And The Pacific," held before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Senator Cardin: "Slavery still exists. It exists around the world today, and it is something that we cannot allow to continue. Trafficking is the modern-day slavery. We understand that. And, thanks to the U.S. leadership, we have taken action not only in the United States, but we have been a global leader in combating modern-day slavery and trafficking. I am proud of the role that the U.S. Helsinki Commission has played. I had the honor this year to chair the U.S. Helsinki Commission. It rotates between the House and the Senate. My cochairman, Chris Smith, has been one of the leaders on trafficking issues. But, going back many years ago, the Helsinki Commission raised the issue of trafficking as a human rights issue and discussed the matter in which the United States could play a major role. As a result of the hearings in our Commission, the OSCE [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] took major steps to help all 57 states in the OSCE deal with trafficking issues. But, it also led to the passage of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act in 2000, and we now have what is known as the Trafficking in Persons Report that we receive every year. This report, to me, is extremely valuable. And whenever an Ambassador from another country or a leader from another country is in my office, I look at this report, and it becomes part of the conversation as to what they are doing in regards to addressing trafficking." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Luis de Baca, Jesse eaves, Scot Marciel and Neha Misra.

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S. Hrg. 113-461; Senate Hearing 113-461
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