Human Trafficking Is a $150B Industry, Experts Share How to Shut It Down

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Human Trafficking Is a $150B Industry, Experts Share How to Shut It Down

Editor: Philip Ragner | Tactical Investor

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The federal government has dedicated much attention to address human trafficking since President Bill Clinton signed an anti-human trafficking bill in 2000, yet 18 years later, it continues to affect millions of people worldwide.

The key to improving the fight against human trafficking efforts involves lawmakers, nongovernmental organizations, and human rights advocates, experts said at The Heritage Foundation Thursday.

Human trafficking is the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion, according to the U.S. Department of State.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act was intended to combat human trafficking, an issue that is “one of the least understood phenomenons” and yields $150 billion for human traffickers every year, according to Heritage’s Olivia Enos, a policy analyst in the Asian Studies Center who specializes in human rights and transnational criminal issues.

The law also created a three-level system to rank countries based on their level of commitment to ending human trafficking.

Additionally, it punishes countries based on their level by imposing sanctions and withdrawing possible funding.

Where countries are placed on the list can be political, said Georgetown scholar Mark Lagon, who is an expert in human trafficking and migration.

Lagon said Malaysia and Cuba received “very questionable” rankings during the Obama administration, a better ranking than they deserved, according to Lagon. Full Story

An international parliamentary assembly of leading lawmakers from 57 countries today adopted a comprehensive resolution, sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), to create trafficking-free communities.

Along with 14 other members of the U.S. Congress and more than 300 lawmakers from countries in Europe and North America, Smith, who authored America’s landmark law (the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000) to combat sex and labor trafficking, is attending the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCEPA) Annual Session.

“A whole of community approach entails multi-sectoral efforts, including simultaneous action by schools, police, non-governmental organizations, law enforcement, shelter services, businesses, houses of worship, and media,” said Smith. “When representatives of various government and civil society groups and professions come together, for example on a Task Force that meets regularly, and for a strategy that is integrated, victims win and traffickers lose.” Full Story

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