International

State Department releases annual analysis of human trafficking

July 14, 2019

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The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally, 75 percent of whom are women and girls. Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department released its annual Trafficking in Persons report, which analyzes and ranks each country’s efforts to prevent trafficking of persons, including forced labor and sex trafficking. Mercy Investment Services engages companies on both of these issues and has joined efforts to end these practices by governments around the world. The report bases the rankings on each country’s compliance with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, including the country’s anti-trafficking laws and law enforcement efforts.  

Significant changes from last year’s report include countries such as Belize, Bolivia and Laos being upgraded from Tier 3 status to Tier 2 Watch List. Countries including Aruba, Italy and Poland were downgraded from Tier 1 to Tier 2 status. 

Mercy Investment Services uses this report, and others, especially when discussing supply chains and labor trafficking with companies working in countries identified as Tier 2 Watch List. You can view the full Trafficking in Persons report online, as well as a map showing each country’s ranking.