President Barack Obama called the fight against human trafficking, “one of the great human rights causes of our time.”
But actions speak louder than words.
This years Trafficking In Person’s report is full of political ploys that may render it absolutely useless in the coming years.
“A Reuters examination, based on interviews with more than a dozen sources in Washington and foreign capitals, shows that the government office set up to independently grade global efforts to fight human trafficking was repeatedly overruled by senior American diplomats and pressured into inflating assessments of 14 strategically important countries in this year’s Trafficking in Persons report.”
China was recommended to be downgraded to a Tier 3, but was overruled despite the fact that China did nothing to increase anti-trafficking efforts.
This is only one of the examples of human rights experts at the State Department being overruled by State Department senior political staff.
So while we beg for our governments to become more active to fight human trafficking, they’ve simply added it to their arsenal of political moves to be used within global politics.
You can read the full story on Reuters.
This makes me sick.