June 16, 2009
U.S. State Department Releases the 2009 Trafficking in Persons Report
Today, Secretary of State Clinton released the State Department's 2009 Trafficking in
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, alongside leaders in Congress, announced today the
release of the ninth annual Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report. The release, which
officially took place at 9:15 a.m., Tuesday, June 16, 2009, in the State Department’s Benjamin
Franklin Room, was followed by remarks from Ambassador Luis C deBaca, Director, Office
to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Ambassador deBaca spoke to the press and answered
their questions in the State Department’s Briefing Room at the start of the Daily Press Briefing.
The 175-country report is the most comprehensive worldwide report on the efforts of
governments to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons, a modern-day form of slavery.
Its findings are intended to raise global awareness and spur countries to take effective
actions to counter trafficking in persons. The assessment includes reports on 173 countries
assigned ranks. Commentary on two additional countries, considered special cases, is also included.