Trafficking in Persons report: All shame, no teeth?

Indian workers trafficked for labor. The U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons report is considered as the benchmark index of anti-trafficking efforts worldwide. But how effective and influential is it in engaging foreign governments on the issue of trafficking and slavery within their borders? Photo by: Barb Howe / CC BY

Today, the Global Slavery Index estimates there are 30 million people living in modern day slavery. Human trafficking is also a very lucrative industry, with the International Labor Organization recently evaluating illegal profits from forced labor in the private economy alone at $150 billion per year — about three times more than previously estimated.

In the face of such abysmal figures, the international community has devised and implemented a growing number of global initiatives and commitments to combat this international scourge. On July 30, modern slavery was given a renewed sense of international urgency with the celebration of the first World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

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    Manola De Vos

    Manola De Vos is a development analyst for Devex. Based in Manila, she contributes to the Development Insider and Money Matters newsletters. Prior to joining Devex, Manola worked in conflict analysis and political affairs for the United Nations, International Crisis Group and the European Union.