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Trafficking in Persons Report 2005

On June 3, 2005, the State Department released the annual Trafficking in Persons Report 2005

June 3, 2005: Rice Condemns Human Trafficking as Modern Slavery

Trafficking in human beings is nothing less than a modern form of slavery, said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as she unveiled the State Department's fifth annual Trafficking In Persons Report June 3.

"We estimate that up to 800,00 people are trafficked across international borders every year," Rice said, adding that "millions more are trafficked internally."

June 3, 2005: State Department Releases 2005 Trafficking In Persons Report

The U.S. Department of State released June 3 its fifth annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP), which estimates that as many as 800,000 victims may be transported across international borders each year and forced to work against their will. The report surveys the counter-trafficking activities in 150 nations, 10 more than in 2004.

Ambassador John Miller, the director of the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, said at a June 3 Washington press briefing that sex slavery is the largest category of transnational slavery and, to combat it, the United States is urging a greater focus on demand and on educating and dissuading the "customers."