Ending Modern Day Slavery: The Role of U.S. Leadership, Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, February 11, 2015   [open pdf - 315KB]

This is a compilation of the February 11, 2015 hearing entitled, "Ending Modern Day Slavery: The Role of U.S. Leadership" before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the statement of Sarah Sewall: What do we, in the U.S. government, mean when we talk about human trafficking? Under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (or TVPA), trafficking in persons includes forced labor, forced prostitution of adults, and the prostitution of children. The term human trafficking describes acts of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion, although inducing minors into the commercial sex trade is considered trafficking even if no force, fraud or coercion is involved. It can include, but does not require, movement of individuals. Trafficking in persons harms people and corrodes communities. It corrupts labor markets and global supply chains that are essential to a thriving global economy. It undermines rule of law and stability. Fighting trafficking in persons is the smart thing to do, and it is the right thing to do. As President Obama has said, 'Our fight against human trafficking is one of the great human rights causes of our time, and the United States will continue to lead it.' It is our responsibility as a country and as individuals to protect the universal values of liberty and freedom. Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Sarah Sewall.

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