Attorney General's Annual Report to Congress and Assessment of U.S. Government Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons: Fiscal Year 2010   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Introduction: "Trafficking in persons (TIP), or human trafficking, is a widespread form of modern-day slavery. Traffickers often prey on individuals who are poor and frequently unemployed or underemployed, and who may lack access to social safety nets. Victims are often lured by traffickers with false promises of good jobs and better lives, and then forced to work under brutal and inhumane conditions. Due to the lengths to which perpetrators go to keep their crimes hidden, it is difficult to accurately estimate the extent of victimization. Nonetheless, the United States (U.S.) has led the world in the campaign against this terrible crime, both at home and overseas. This year we enter the second decade in the history of the U.S.'s ongoing campaign to eliminate human trafficking. The enactment of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA), Pub. L. 106-386, in October 2000, signaled a new step forward in our nation's response to trafficking. Specifically, the TVPA significantly enhanced three key aspects of federal government activity to combat TIP: protection, prosecution, and prevention (commonly known as the '3 Ps')."

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