U.S. Department of State Releases 2009 Trafficking in Persons Report

U.S. Department of State Releases 2009 Trafficking in Persons Report

On June 16, 2009, the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons within the U.S. Department of State released the Trafficking in Persons Report 2009 , which describes foreign governments’ efforts to eliminate human trafficking. You can download the report from the following website: http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/tiprpt/2009/

US expands human trafficking watchlist

By MATTHEW LEE – 1 day ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Tuesday expanded the U.S. watchlist of countries suspected of not doing enough to combat human trafficking, putting more than four dozen nations on notice that they might face sanctions unless their records improve.

The State Department’s annual “Trafficking in Persons Report,” the first released since President Barack Obama took office, placed 52 countries and territories — mainly in Africa, Asia and the Middle East — on the watchlist. That number is a 30 percent jump from the 40 countries on the list in 2008.

Several previously cited nations were removed from the list, but new countries cited for human trafficking problems include Angola, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Iraq, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Pakistan, the Philippines, Qatar, Senegal and the United Arab Emirates.

Also,

The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, was signed into law on December 23, 2008. It contains new provisions regarding Federal benefits and services for potential child victims of human trafficking.

A Federal Register notice requesting comments on the above form is available at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-8139.htm

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