Fighting Human Trafficking in Travel and Tourism: New Challenges and Solutions, Joint Briefing of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Congressional Trafficking Caucus, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, Second Session, May 7, 2018 [open pdf - 227KB]
This is a joint briefing titled "Fighting Human Trafficking in Travel and Tourism: New Challenges and Solutions" before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Congressional Trafficking Caucus. From the opening statement of Christopher Smith: "I want to thank all of you for joining us today for this joint briefing. You know, according to the ILO--the International Labour Organization--human trafficking in the private economy generates about $150 billion in illegal profits per year. Sixteen million people are exploited in labor trafficking, according to the ILO; 4.8 million are exploited in sex trafficking; and approximately 4 million others are exploited in state-imposed trafficking. Women and girls--as we know so painfully well--women and girls account for 99 percent of sex trafficking and about 58 percent are victims of labor trafficking. The stories you will hear today show that it has been happening right under our noses. It's not just over there. It's in the United States. It's in every one of our congressional districts. And, of course, it is in other countries as well. And you will hear from people--these panelists--who are really on the front line in trying to mitigate and end this horrific cruelty." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Allison Hollabaugh Parker, Christopher Smith, Michael "Mick" McKeown, Tracey Breeden, Nancy Rivard, Carol Smolenski, Craig Kalkut, and Nick Shapiro.
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