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Law & Policy
Monday July 17, 2017

The highs and lows of the 2017 TIP Report

Abby McGill

Last week, the U.S. Department of State delivered its annual Trafficking in Persons report. Though the report is much anticipated each year by anti-trafficking advocates, this year drew extra attention as the first report released by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the Trump administration, and in the wake of two straight years of allegations that political considerations had weighted some country rankings. There is much in this report for which the State Department should be commended, in particular: Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan retain their Tier 3 ranking. Both Central Asian[...]

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Forced Marriage
Monday February 20, 2017

When is child marriage slavery?

Joanna Ewart-James

Child marriage is a formal union where one or both of the parties are under 18 years old. In many places around the world, marriage under the age of 18 is part of a culturally accepted norm, and about 10% of the global population has been married before their 18th birthday. However, in certain cases child marriage can amount to slavery. At Freedom United, we use these indicators to help determine when child marriage constitutes slavery: a child has not genuinely given their free and informed consent, for example being given in marriage against his or her will; a child being[...]

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