State Departments Annual Trafficking in Persons Report

The State Department has just released it’s annual Trafficking in Persons report. The country of Myanmar is among the worst, joining the ranks of Iran, North Korea, Syria and Uzbekistan. Myanmar attributes the problem to poverty which drives people to other countries in search of work and higher paying jobs which can leave them vulnerable to labor trafficking. In addition, China’s demand for “brides”, from Myanmar is forcing woman and girls into sexual slavery. The report looks at 188 countries around the globe. While the United States is among the top ranked countries in dealing with Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery it continues to have a problem with forced labor and sex trafficking with victims coming from Mexico and the Philippines.