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United States Department of State Releases 2005 Trafficking in Persons Report

June 2005

The United States Department of State is mandated by the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 to release an annual worldwide report on the efforts of governments to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons.

The Act defines "severe form of trafficking in persons" as

  • sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age; or
  • the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
The 2005 Trafficking in Persons Report can be accessed from the State Department Web site. For more information on the United States' efforts to combat trafficking, please visit the 'United States of America' section of the site.


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