The crime trafficking in persons (TIP) is considered “the fastest-growing type of organized crime” and “the third-largest criminal activity in the world.” If that weren’t disturbing enough, get this: the International Labor Organization’s most recent estimates report global profits for traffickers reaching $150 billion USD annually.

We don’t know about you, but those hard-hitting stats seem to make clear how big of a problem human trafficking is.

Thankfully, numerous governmental and non-governmental agencies across the globe have begun taking steps to fight it.

The US State Department (USSD) is one of the agencies taking action. They partner with foreign governments, international organizations, other federal agencies, civil society, the private sector, and survivors of human trafficking to combat modern slavery.

One of the USSD’s most influential public engagement tools is an annual human trafficking report. More specifically, the 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, which evaluates government efforts around the world to combat human trafficking and highlights strategies to address this crime and protect victims.

This year’s report, the 19th of its kind, ranks 187 countries and territories between “Tier 1” and “Tier 3” based on the measures that country or territory takes to prosecute traffickers, protect survivors, and prevent further trafficking.

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