Critical Tool

Jul 19, 2017

To the Editor:

In our politically divided nation, I think there’s one American value we can all agree on: everyone deserves to be free. On June 27, the State Department released the 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, which ranks 187 countries, including the U.S, on their efforts to combat human trafficking. This critical tool sheds light on the hidden crime of modern-day slavery – a crime that holds more than 45 million men, women and children in bondage.

The 19th century abolitionist William Wilberforce said, “You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.” What does this mean for us? For one thing, our members of Congress should recommit themselves to protecting the integrity of this report and the U.S. foreign aid programs that help rescue slaves and put traffickers behind bars.

Please contact your representative and Senators Booker and Menendez and urge them to step up and lead in this existential fight.

Gail South



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