Modern-day slavery exists, but it doesn’t discriminate against one race or the other. Rather, this horrific institution snatches the livelihoods of young women and children of all races around the world. Human and sex trafficking happens on a daily basis in many countries worldwide, particularly in areas of the Middle East and South America. While the Left is focused on trying to make 200-year-old American slavery relevant again for political gain, they choose to ignore the fact that trafficking is rampant just about everywhere but the US, and even the US isn’t immune from its effects.
On Thursday, the US Department of State released the newest 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report which details countries that are actively involved in the horrific human rights abuses. The report exposes the world’s worst offenders who fail to protect victims, as well as highlights heroes who have stepped in to stop it.
This year’s Trafficking in Persons Report highlights governments that have failed to fulfill their commitments to protect victims, and instead are acting as traffickers themselves. Watch the release of the #TIPReport June 25 at 2:00 PM EDT. https://t.co/T9DBimTZYn pic.twitter.com/ONzA7UoTCn
— Department of State (@StateDept) June 25, 2020
In the report, countries are rated by tiers that rate their compliance with the Trafficking Victims Protections Act minimum standards. Compliance with the TVPA is determined by available reporting and legislation passed by the countries’ respective governments to combat trafficking. Tier 3 entails the worst offenders who do nothing, Tier 2 Watchlist is when countries have a severe trafficking problem but are making efforts to combat it, Tier 2 is when they are trying to bring themselves to full compliance, and Tier 1 is full compliance with the TVPA standards.
Major countries that fared the worst include: China (Tier 3), Afghanistan (Tier 3), Saudi Arabia (Tier 2), Hong Kong (Tier 2 Watchlist), and Pakistan (Tier 2 Watchlist).
According to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the pandemic has made people more vulnerable to human trafficking around the world. Pompeo grimly reported, “Instability and lack of access to critical services caused by the pandemic mean that the number of people vulnerable to exploitation by traffickers is rapidly growing.”
China was a significant offender targeted in the report, with State Department officials condemning Beijing leadership for forcing “citizens to work in horrendous conditions,” referring to the 1 million Muslim Uyghurs who they put in concentration camps. Reuters reported that Pompeo’s report revealed that Beijing is now expanding its detention camps to other minority groups as well. Hong Kong was specified for also failing to enact legislation that fully criminalizes trafficking.
According to The Washington Examiner, the report listed 146 people from more than 75 countries who helped stop slavery. Those who were honorably mentioned include prosecutors, social workers, and victim services providers, advocates, nonprofit leaders, and a law enforcement officer.
Ivanka Trump, who has spent much of her time in the public eye standing up for victims of human and sex trafficking, spoke regarding the report. She addressed those highlighted as heroes for risking their own lives to save others, “Your lives are testaments to the fact that one person has the power to bring hope to survivors around the world and ensure traffickers are held accountable.”
— Department of State (@StateDept) June 25, 2020
According to Trump, this year is a milestone in fighting abuses and child exploitation as she announced the first-ever White House Advisor solely focused on human trafficking issues, Heather Fisher. This advancement follows the executive order President Trump signed during a 2020 summit where victims and legislators met to share experiences and better learn to combat human trafficking and online child exploitation. The order intends to provide resources and increase efforts to help victims in the US and worldwide.
This shows major progress in the fight to reduce and abolish modern-day slavery. Unlike the Leftists who want to cancel law enforcement and remove protections for the vulnerable, the Trump administration is working day-in and day-out to keep it in the interest of all people, especially human and sex trafficking victims.
Meanwhile, Facebook is under fire for promoting child exploitation on its platform after an extremely controversial survey they ran on Sunday. The social media giant asked users, “In thinking about an ideal world where you could set Facebook’s policies, how would you handle the following: a private message in which an adult man asks a 14-year-old girl for sexual pictures?” According to USA Today, the possible responses Facebook offered to the question ranged from, “this content should not be allowed on Facebook, and no one should be able to see it” to, “this content should be allowed on Facebook, and I would not mind seeing it.”
The second question Facebook asked users is: “who should decide whether an adult man can ask for sexual pictures on Facebook? Options ranging from “Facebook users decide the rules by voting and tell Facebook” to “Facebook decides the rules on its own.”
Is this the United States of Facebook? There are LAWS against any kind of sexual misconduct when dealing with minors and harsh punishments for those who do. Pedophiles are viewed as the scum of the earth in this country, even among prisoners who are in jail for other reasons. Convicted pedophiles have to be put in special units so other inmates don’t kill them for what they did to children. And here we have Facebook, wondering if this would be “okay,” and deciding to take a poll to figure out what people think.
While the world acknowledges how disgusting and perverted child exploitation is, Facebook is wondering if users would be okay with it publicly on their platform. They should be investigated for sex trafficking immediately. Where is the “civil rights” Left on these issues? The side that so adamantly claims to be on the side of women and slavery victims seems to have nothing to say about it. They must be too busy blowing up Bubba Wallace’s noose story, while children and women are being sold into sex slavery every day. At least the members of the Trump administration see the value in protecting the victims of real abuse and are working to combat it daily.