By Manik Mehta
WASHINGTON DC, Oct 12 (Bernama) – With a view to intensifying its fight against trafficking in persons, the United States (US) administration plans to aggressively pursue the fight against the evil trade, and will put in place new initiates beside aggressively enforcing existing ones.
This was announced Thursday by the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, after chairing the first meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force on Trafficking in Persons. This agency monitors and tries to combat human trafficking.
Pompeo praised the agency’s officials, saying they “set a courageous example of service for the US, and for the world, by choosing to transform their harrowing experiences into powerful advocacy”.
He presented the Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons to Minal Patel Davis and William C. Woolf III. Patel-Davis, who has been campaigning against human trafficking, is special adviser to the Mayor of Houston on issues of human trafficking, while C. Woolf III, is an investigator, Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force, Fairfax County, Police Department Virginia.
Cases of human trafficking have increased dramatically worldwide, and the US is taking preventive steps to alert persons against falling into the clutches of human traffickers. While the human trafficking trade is widely prevalent in Africa, Asia and Latin America, it is also acquiring disturbing proportions in the poorer East European countries, with many of the victims bound for the West, including the US, where they are exploited by traffickers and their operators.
“The US government is seeking new ways to leverage input from human trafficking survivors to strengthen federal policy and programming efforts,” Pompeo said, adding that the State Department was doing its part through four key initiatives.....