This is the second annual Trafficking in Persons Report report to Congress, as required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, on the status of severe forms of trafficking in persons worldwide. Through this annual report, the United States seeks to bring international attention to the horrific practice of trafficking in persons. This report is a diplomatic tool for the U.S. Government in combating trafficking in persons, serving as an instrument for continued dialogue, and a means to encourage increased prosecution, protection, and prevention programs. After the release of this report, the Department will continue to engage in discussions with governments to help strengthen cooperative efforts to eradicate trafficking. The Department will use the information gained during the report compilation to target assistance programs more effectively. Hopefully, the report will be a catalyst for governmental efforts to combat trafficking in persons around the world, so that this degrading practice is eventually eliminated.
"He told me then that I had been sold to him for $10,000 and that I would have to pay him back."
Olga, a trafficking survivor
in Persons Report 2002
in Persons Report ZIP
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