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11/09/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/09/2020 10:25

Human Trafficking: Agencies Have Taken Steps to Strengthen International Anti-trafficking Projects

Worldwide, millions of people are exploited by human trafficking. The Departments of State and Labor and the U.S. Agency for International Development managed 182 international anti-trafficking projects aimed at preventing trafficking, prosecuting perpetrators, and protecting survivors.

The agencies have evaluated the effectiveness of some of their projects. The evaluations cited improved awareness and collaboration as project successes. Agency officials noted challenges that make it difficult to evaluate anti-trafficking projects. For example, data is not readily available because of the hidden nature of trafficking.

According to State, this woman was exploited through bonded labor at a brick factory in rural India.