In a First, Human Trafficking Report Includes US

State Department acknowledges slavery still exists
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2010 2:45 PM CDT
Protesting immigrant guest workers from India who say they were victims of human trafficking rally in front of the Department of Justice in Washington, DC, June 11, 2008.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – The State Department will include the US in an annual report on international human trafficking for the first time, the Daily Beast reports. Previous administrations have kept the US off the list, but the Obama administration changed that policy. The US gets a 1 out of 3—meaning it is compliant with antitrafficking standards—but its entry notes that it “is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor, debt bondage, and forced prostitution.”

Critics say the US has not done enough to use the internet to fight modern-day slavery: "It really ignores, when it shouldn’t, this enormous vehicle that has facilitated the trafficking in human beings,” says one activist.

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