Tagged: trafficking

2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released the 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary earlier this morning.  The annual assessment details the threats posed by drug use, drug trafficking, and relevant criminal organizations. According to the report, more Americans die from drug overdose than from motor vehicle or firearm-related accidents annually. ...

FBI’s Operation Cross Country Wrap-up: “These Are America’s Children”

Since 2003, the Innocence Lost National Initiative, or “Operation Cross Country” has resulted in the identification and recovery of over 3600 children from sexual exploitation and trafficking. This is the eighth year of the initiative. In a press release on Monday June 23rd, the Director of the Federal Bureau of...

Putting the Red Light on Trafficking: 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report Released Today

Today, the U.S. State Department issued its annual “Trafficking in Persons Report” to raise awareness on the prevalence of human trafficking across U.S. borders and around the world. In remarks at the report’s release, Secretary of State John Kerry emphasized, “this is not just a book, it’s not just a...

New Report Finds Forced Labor in the Private Economy “Three Times More Profitable” than Previously Estimated

The International Labour Organization (ILO) released this week a new report that explores the economics of forced labor, including human trafficking and “modern forms of slavery.” The report, “Profits and Poverty: The Economics of Forced Labor” presents “startling new estimates of the illegal profits generated through forced labor” and finds...

The Golden State Provides a Golden Ticket for Drug Cartels and Transnational Criminal Organizations

California is an incredibly diverse state, with a variety of socio-economic classes, races, and cultures; now, it has also become the unwitting host to an equal variety of transnational criminal organizations. These corporations operate in a border-less, crime-fueled and profit-driven underworld, and scores of these corporations have made their homes...

Human Trafficking Addressed in New Federal Strategic Action Plan

The Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States was released today, and will serve to combat human trafficking by providing guidance for federal agencies in identifying victims of human trafficking, and by providing access to recovery services through coordinated efforts by government...

The Global Slavery Index 2013 Paints a Bleak Picture of Modern Slavery

Modern slavery is a complex and ongoing problem around the world. From forced labor to human trafficking, slavery is characterized by the dispossession of basic freedoms and the treatment of humans as a commodity. In all of its forms, modern slavery deprives people of their humanity, objectifying them in the...