Interactive Dialogue with the SR on Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children

Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children

Statement by the United States of America
Human Rights Council, 47th Session

Geneva, June 30, 2021
As Delivered by Westfall Taylor, Foreign Affairs Officer

Trafficking in persons remains among the most pernicious of crimes. The physical and psychological effects can be devastating and long-lasting for victims.

Traumatic experiences of this kind impact victims long after they are removed from their situations as trafficked persons. Our combined efforts must be victim-centered and trauma-informed to facilitate victims’ recovery and full participation in society.

The United States is working with partners, like Mexico, to disable human trafficking and migrant smuggling organizations. Together, we will identify, disrupt, and prevent these criminal operations.

We also call on countries that engage in forced labor, a form of trafficking, to cease these practices, including through government-facilitated arrangements with private sector manufacturers, creation of exploitative operations with excessive hours and harsh working conditions, and the carrying out and profiting from the mass detention and forced labor of ethnic minority groups.

Question: What is the best way to ensure strategies to combat trafficking in persons are inclusive ?