Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Human Trafficking, The US Weighs In

We know that absolute evil acts are bound to occur regardless of the country you reside. There are differences in culture, religion, and "relativism" to a particular nation-state's people's "vulnerability", which make them more or less likely to become victims of the human rights abuse term we call "trafficking". Those that would "take advantage" of others less fortunate or otherwise naive to the evils of this world; and there subsequent subjectivity to human rights abuse, have to be approached from many perspectives . These perspectives are relevant also dependent upon your own culture, religion, and so many other variables.
Where I am headed is that the United States not only monitors other countries(rightly so) trafficking of persons, but also maintains a recently developed agency monitoring system, to further enhance and capture data regarding human trafficking here in the US. The legislation already in force regarding human trafficking has already been in force since 2000 with additional legislation added to compliment the original act. That act is entitled VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING AND VIOLENCE
. This is an 86 page document that details in depth what the US congress decided to do back in 2000 as the century turned and the problem became to big to not notice. Furthermore, this year money had been allocated to the great Northeastern University which has a great site to detail the who, what, where, and how of human trafficking through funding provided by the US government. Federal Human Trafficking Legislation.
The previous link will take you through the legislation on the books when it was enacted and other relevant topics regarding human trafficking in the US.
Very recently, the State Department released a Trafficking in Persons Report 2009.
Secretary Hillary Clinton was quick to acknowledge: "The ninth annual Trafficking in Persons Report sheds light on the faces of modern-day slavery and on new facets of this global problem. The human trafficking phenomenon affects virtually every country, including the United States. In acknowledging America’s own struggle with modern-day slavery and slavery-related practices, we offer partnership. We call on every government to join us in working to build consensus and leverage resources to eliminate all forms of human trafficking." Again the US has weighed in on this topic you just do not see in the media, read in the daily paper, etc. etc. But, you can not ignore or turn your head because it is happening all over the world.
The links I have provide for you will give you the details of the US plight to apprehend and prosecute human traffickers, who the victims are, where they come from, and the most surprising statistic of all that I found was that in the relatively short amount of time the commission had conducted there study,(from the first link in the title of this post), a very small percentage, only 10%, were confirmed as human trafficking, out of the alleged 1229 cases right here in the US in a manner of a 21 month study.Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics
So you see?, we do have a problem with confirmation of alleged cases or so it would seem. This is my opinion of course. I do not know the details at all as to the low confirmation rate and the very high allegation rate. Something is not quite right with these stats. I cant quite put my finger on it...


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