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U.S. State Department Releases the 2013 Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Report


On July 17th, the U.S. State Department issued the 2013 Trafficking In Persons Report. Here’s a breakdown of some the highlights from the report:

If this report can teach us anything, it is that slavery is still very much alive and well around the world, and that we should be aware that is a growing problem. We need to take steps to protect everyone, because this is an issue that does not discriminate.

The U.S. State Department ranks countries on a scale of four different tiers, as mandated by the TVPA (Trafficking Victims Protection Act). The rankings are made by taking into account a variety of different factors, such as enactment of laws, punishment for offenders, victim identification, etc.

Tier 1-  governments fully comply with TVPA standards

Includes, but not limited to:

  • Sweden
  • Armenia
  • Belgium
  • Italy
  • Ireland
  • Australia
  • U.S.
  • U.K.

Tier 2- government do not fully comply, but are making “efforts” to comply with TVPA standards (separate from this is the “Tier 2 Watchlist”)

Includes, but not limited to:

  • India
  • Estonia
  • Moldova
  • Egypt

Tier 3- are not complying with TVPA, and are not making any effort to do so. These countries are subject to penalties.

  • Algeria
  • China
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Central African Republic
  • Cuba
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Libya
  • Kuwait
  • Pupa New Guinea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Russia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Uzbekistan
  • Yemen
  • Zimbabwe

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For more of the countries and for information on Trafficking in general, here is the link to the 2013 TIP Report:



desparation original 300x223All We Want Is LOVE aims to end modern day slavery through education and awareness. Our goal is to never hear “I didn’t know,” in regards to human trafficking. We live by two methods educate to eradicate and education to liberation.

Through community education programs and training, the community can better protect themselves from being victimized and has a responsibility to hold those responsible who victimize others. We strive to create a culture that does not criminalize victims and glorify predators.

Our organization also feels that education of youth plays an essential role in ending human trafficking. With a large amount of victims being youth and young children, creating education programs in schools and universities allows students to advocate against this huge injustice while learning to protect oneself against being victimized.

This blog will strive to share experiences and articles to help accomplish our objectives. We invite comments and moderate what is shared to protect our readers.

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