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The International Labour Organization estimates that the vast majority of victims worldwide (67.9 percent) are subjected to forced labor, 55 percent of forced labor victims are women and girls, and 98 percent of sex trafficking victims are female. However, because men and boys are under-identified as victims of trafficking and current DOMESTIC statistics are unreliable, statistics are generally not an accurate reflection ...more »
Trafficking as a crime that impacts the whole family. To provide effective services to trafficking victims, not just the survivors but also their family members, they must also receive support and assistance to meet the long-term needs of these populations. For example, parents need support when their son or daughter has been trafficked, trafficking survivors need help reunifying with family members abroad or in the United ...more »
To ensure that the U.S. government is committed to a victim-centered approach to combating human trafficking in the United States, there should be a clear commitment and message from all agencies that access to protections, benefits, and services should not be conditioned on cooperation with law enforcement. Given the extreme risks that trafficking survivors face when identifying and/or testifying against their trafficker, ...more »
Better coordination is needed amongst the federal anti-trafficking taskforces, including the BJA taskforces, Innocence Lost Taskforces, and ACCT taskforces. This coordination is missing from the Plan but would be valuable to add. Service providers should be linked to all the taskforces as they are in the BJA model.
Why is there no specific plan for federal agencies to target and reach out to their key state counterparts for training and collaboration? For example, USDOL should train state and local wage & hour inspectors, or HHS should target state and local HHS agencies.