State Department’s 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report
The U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons issued their annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report for 2021. This year’s edition not only presents country data assessments and tier rankings, but also explores the effects of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on human trafficking trends.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a health crisis with unprecedented repercussions for human rights and economic development globally, including in human trafficking. COVID-19 generated conditions that increased the number of people who experienced vulnerabilities to human trafficking and interrupted existing and planned anti-trafficking interventions. Governments across the world diverted resources toward the pandemic, often at the expense of anti-trafficking efforts, resulting in decreased protection measures and service provision for victims, reduction of preventative efforts, and hindrances to investigations and prosecutions of traffickers. At the same time, human traffickers quickly adapted to capitalize on the vulnerabilities exposed and exacerbated by the pandemic.
Dr. Kari Johnstone and Secretary Antony J. Blinken’s statements at the July 1st TIP Report launch ceremony provide an overview of the report’s findings, discuss the way ahead, and highlight the works of the eight ‘TIP Report Heroes‘, who have dedicated their lives to combat human trafficking.
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