Trafficking in Persons Report

The Trafficking in Persons Report, or TIP Report, is an annual report issued by the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

It ranks governments based on US perceptions of their efforts to acknowledge and combat human trafficking. The report divides nations into tiers based on their compliance with standards outlined in the Trafficking Victim Protects Act (TVPA), which you read in step 3.7. These tiers are:

Tier 1 Countries whose governments fully comply with the TVPA’s minimum standards.

Tier 2 Countries whose governments do not fully comply with the TVPA’s minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards.

Tier 2 Watchlist Countries whose governments do not fully comply with the TVPA’s minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards AND: a) The absolute number of victims of severe forms of trafficking is very significant or is significantly increasing; or b) There is a failure to provide evidence of increasing efforts to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons from the previous year; or c) The determination that a country is making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with minimum standards was based on commitments by the country to take additional future steps over the next year.

Tier 3 Countries whose governments do not fully comply with the minimum standards and are not making significant efforts to do so.

Browse the latest Trafficking in Persons Report - for example, the introductory material and any country narratives that interest you in particular.

Tell us in the comments what you think of this approach of ranking countries on their antislavery efforts. Do any of the rankings surprise you?

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Ending Slavery: Strategies for Contemporary Global Abolition

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