Five Issues for the New U.S. Trafficking Ambassador

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J/TIP, the State Department’s Trafficking in Person’s office, has lacked a trafficking ambassador for ten months.  One major concern involves the political pressure to upgrade countries like Malaysia in light of the negotiations regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed trade agreement among eleven countries and the United States.  Watch for these five issues to come up at the ambassador’s nomination hearing:

  1. Prosecutions have dropped 23% worldwide.
  2. Of perhaps 20.9 million victims, 68% involved forced labor…but only 5%of traffickers last year were convicted.
  3. How can credibility of the TIP Report be restored?
  4. Improved data collection for the TIP Report
  5. Need to monitor corporations regarding supply chains that rely on forced labor

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