How the United States Stacks Up in the Global Fight Against Sex Trafficking

In June of this year, the United States Department of State (DOS) issued its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The report, in its 18th year, highlights the sad fact that no country is free of modern day slavery. More specifically, sex trafficking and labor trafficking—where individuals perform labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion—are still everywhere, even among Tier 1 countries that happen to be making significant efforts to address the issue.

As the U.S. finds itself in the TIP’s Tier 1 category—which basically means we’re a country taking great efforts to end exploitation—we thought

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