2017 TIP Report
Us Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, launched the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report in New York on 27th June. In addressing readers of the report Tillerson states, “Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal activity. It threatens public safety and national security. But worst of all, the crime robs human beings of their freedom and their dignity. That’s why we must pursue an end to the scourge of human trafficking.”
This years report has a focus on the responsibility governments have in holding offenders accountable. In the light of this focus Susan Coppedge, US Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, comments, “A victim-centered and trauma-informed approach requires, first and foremost, that the criminal justice system not penalize victims of human trafficking when they are forced to commit crimes as a direct result of their exploitation. When forced criminality takes place as part of the scheme, victims should not be further punished by the very system meant to protect them; and when they are, their convictions should be expunged and they should receive support and the comprehensive services to which they are entitled.”
As in past years, the 2017 TIP Report also honours individuals around the world who have devoted their lives to the fight against human trafficking. Access the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report here.