World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
"Every country must join together to overcome this transnational threat by supporting and protecting victims while pursuing and prosecuting the criminals. On the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, let us resolve to act as one in the name of justice and dignity for all." --Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Today is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. A day that we stand with millions around the world to raise awareness about human trafficking, call for justice of perpetrators, protection for victims, and to give HOPE to those seeking freedom. Join us by participating in the #igivehope campaign and let your voice be heard!
Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2015
"Money may be able to buy a lot of things, but it should never, ever be able to buy another human being." - U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry
The U.S. State Department released the much anticipated 2015 TIP Report this week. This report rates 188 countries on their efforts to end human trafficking, and is considered a reliable, credible source on trafficking and slavery. (Update: Read HERE for International Justice Mission's concern about this year's report.)
India remained a Tier 2 country, meaning that India's government does not fully comply with the TVPA's minimum standards, but they are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards. The report notes that "India is a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking." Recommendations for prosecution, protection, and prevention are also included. You can read the full report on India HERE.
In addition to recommendations for India, we appreciate the report's focus on preventing human trafficking in global supply chains -- specifically, calling on private companies to "take action to reduce the likelihood of trafficking in their supply chains and respect the rights of those who work to make their businesses successful." At Sudara, we believe that each of us has the power to end human trafficking through our everyday purchases. You can demand that companies end practices that contribute to trafficking throughout their supply chain. You can choose to only buy from companies that pledge to be slave-free. And, you can support companies (like Sudara!) that empower women to remain free from slavery and break the generational-cycle of slavery for their family.