S. Hrg. 114-68: Ending Modern Slavery, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, February 11 and 14, 2015   [open pdf - 407KB]

This is a hearing titled "Ending Modern Slavery" held on February 4 and February 11, 2015 before the Full Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Chairman Bob Corker: "I think most Americans would be stunned to know that slavery still exists in this world. Let me pause to state that again. It is difficult to imagine that in this modern day, more than 27 million around the world are forced to live as slaves. At this hearing, in addition to our expert witnesses, we will hear from two individuals who suffered and ultimately escaped this experience, and went on to help others. And we thank them for being with us today. Modern forms of slavery thrive where the rule of law is weakest. Corruption, crime, and cultural attitudes contribute to a climate of low risk and impunity for those who profit from modern slavery. In many instances, modern slavery is a crime of opportunity for perpetrators. It is often practiced quite openly, for example, in brick or rug manufacturing or in bars or brothels. Under U.S. law, such conditions are defined as the most severe forms of trafficking in persons, including forced sexual servitude of minors and adults and persons in bonded and other forced labor conditions. Women, children, and men alike are subjected to involuntary labor or sexual exploitation. According to a leading nongovernmental organization, forced labor accounts for 74 percent of victims, and forced sexual servitude accounts for 26 percent of victims. Women and girls are especially vulnerable, accounting for 54 percent of victims. Children under the age of 18 account for 26 percent of victims." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: David Abramowitz, James Kofi Annan , Shawna Bader-Blau, Bob Corker, Gary Haugen, Shandra Woworuntu, Sarah Sewall, and Marco Rubio.

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