CRS – Trafficking in Persons: International Dimensions and Foreign Policy Issues for Congress

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on October 26, 2012

Trafficking in Persons: International Dimensions and Foreign Policy Issues for Congress. Liana Sun Wyler, Analyst in International Crime and Narcotics, October 17, 2012

  • Trafficking in persons, or human trafficking, refers to the subjection of men, women, and children to exploitative conditions that can be tantamount to slavery. Reports suggest that human trafficking is a global phenomenon, victimizing millions of people each year and contributing to a multi-billion dollar criminal industry. It is a centuries-old problem that, despite international and U.S. efforts to eliminate it, continues to occur in virtually every country in the world. Human trafficking is also an international and cross-cutting policy problem that bears on a range of major national security, human rights, criminal justice, social, economic, migration, gender, public health, and labor issues.”
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