Slavery report names weak link nations
June 27th, 2011
02:01 PM ET

Slavery report names weak link nations

A U.S. Government anti-slavery report published Monday throws the spotlight on countries it says are not meeting minimum anti-trafficking standards.

The U.S. State Department's Trafficking In Persons (TIP ) Report identifies countries that it says meet minimum standards, countries working towards them and countries that appear to be doing little to stop trafficking.

Each country is put into one of four grades - Tier 1, Tier 2, Two Watch and Tier Three. The United States can impose sanctions on countries in the bottom tier. (See how the countries rank)

This year, the Dominican Republic was the only country to lift itself out of the bottom tier, and the Czech Republic was the only country to slip out of the top-ranked countries.

The TIP Report cited weak prevention efforts for labor trafficking and the lack of formal steps by the Czech government to reduce demand for commercial sex acts.

It said the Dominican Republic got a higher ranking for protecting more victims and making significant efforts to comply with the minimum standards laid down in the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

As the report was published, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: "This report is a tool and we are interested in working with countries around the world to get results."

She said one focus will be countries where anti-trafficking laws are on the books but are rarely used to convict the traffickers. (Watch Clinton explain why trafficking is "unforgiveable")

In Africa, Nigeria and Mauritius kept their Tier 1 status - the only African nations in the top rank - while Algeria, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Libya, and Madagascar all dropped into Tier 3

In Asia, China stays on the Two Watch list while India moves off the Watch list and into Tier 2. The report credited India for law enforcement efforts but expressed concern over reports that corrupt officers facilitate sex trafficking.

CNN is seeking reaction of countries singled out for criticism. (See inside the TIP war room)

The report is compiled with the help of U.S. embassies, non-governmental organizations, aid groups and individuals who have submitted data or their own personal accounts.

It counts known cases of human trafficking in more than 175 countries, whether for commercial sex, bonded labor, child labor, involuntary domestic servitude or child soldiers.

And it tracks new legislation, prosecutions and convictions. (See how the report is compiled  using 2010 figures)

Tier 1 countries meet the minimum standards laid down in the TVPA but it does not also mean the country does not have trafficking issues or that it cannot improve beyond the minimum.

Tier 2 countries don't fully comply with the minimum standards but are often seen as making significant progress.

Tier 2 Watch countries have fallen short of the legislation's minimum standards despite making "significant efforts." It includes countries with high numbers of victims of severe forms of human trafficking.

Tier 3 countries do not appear to be trying to reach the minimum standard - and they could face limited U.S. sanctions.

The report also honors as heroes 10 people around the world who are trying to stamp out human trafficking.

They include Amela Efendic, who works with trafficking victims in Bosnia-Herzegovina; Charimaya Tamang, a former sex slave who now runs an anti-trafficking organization in Nepal; and Dilcya Garcia, who has pioneered human trafficking prosecutions in Mexico.

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  1. Jim

    Yemen is in Asia not Africa.

    June 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Reply
    • Cdogg

      India is no longer on the watch list? They have laws that allow slavery. I just read a story on this site not too long ago that show an Indian family that were all slaves due to a debt their grandfather left. How can a nation that has legal slavery be better on this list than countries that simply do not enforce their anti-slavery laws.

      June 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Reply
      • An expatriate

        Excuse me! It is true that certain forms of slavery still exists in India, but it is definitely NOT legal. These evils happen in remote villages in far flung corners of the country, where there is extreme poverty and illiteracy. While it is true that the perpetrators of these crimes collude with corrupt local law enforcement officials, the fact still remains that such practices are illegal.

        June 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
      • India Needs More Attention

        India needs more attention. My issue with this annual report is that it does not accurately depict reality. India has the highest single number of slaves in the world and contrary to what many on this site have said (i.e. "Expatriate")- it is not limited to remote locations in the far corners of the country. You see slaves in every major city. You see slaves in business areas, near SEZs, near 5 star hotels, etc. everywhere. The children are forced to beg for money (you see them everywhere) and the older slaves are often re-sold for domestic duties. It is a CHRONIC problem and I just don't see how the State Department would be willing to overlook the reality on this one. Have the guts to call a dog a dog- and don't worry what the Government of India will say.

        Those of you reading this that doubt what I write... all you have to do is go to India for yourself. Those of you that have, how many times do you have the children approach your car asking for money? Seriously- anyone out there that has actually spent a fair amount of time in India care to contradict me on this?

        June 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
      • An expatriate

        To 'India needs more attention': What are you talking about? You are confusing beggary and prostitution with legal slavery. No one is denying that there is extreme poverty in India. There are children, grown-ups and old people begging everywhere, especially in big tourist destinations. They are often forced by their own families or circumstances to do so. But I am repeating again that no-one can legally 'buy' or 'sell' human beings in India. It may happen illegally, but not in broad daylight like you claim. There are organizations working hard to prevent trafficking. But it is a hard task given the size of population and limited resources.

        June 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
      • India Needs More Attention

        Fact- 10 million slaves in India today. That presents a slave per capita ratio over 60x the US. That also presents the single largest slave population in any country. I am not stating that it is legal- I know full well that it is not legal in India but the problem is horrendous. I do not disagree with your comment about circumstances forcing children into being beggars- but you also need to know that most of the child beggars you see in the streets are owned by someone that is not a relative. Seriously- numbers are not good. India has the highest total number of slaves in the world. I just don't see how it doesn't gain more attention outside of India.

        June 27, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
      • Krishna Kilambi

        Freedom does not come for free ... and it has a price tag to it... India is in the process of buying it with its economic strides ... Legally ..Independent India never had any oppressive laws except may be one or two laws which either being removed or are never used .... Death sentences in India are very rare ....
        What the report speaks about is the significant improvements in the elimination of slavery only due to to 'poverty and illiteracy'.... Frequent vists to India will reflect the change rather than just depending on movies like 'slimdog millionaire'

        June 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
      • adr4808

        Can you please tell me where can I find a good reputable slave broke? I need ate least 2 good slaves with IT knowledge. Thanks

        June 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
      • Krishna Kilambi

        Indian Government is still not that rich that it can provide money to its people for free.... So people have to toil a lot more than what the Westerners do to achieve the same comfort ... well hope you know I am refering to the same west that was a parasite on eastern nations a century back .. well having fed a inhuman parasites ... country needs to recuperate and work a bit more to give its people a better standard of living ... remember dude... the basic necessities you take for granted do not come for free ....somebody has to work for it ...

        June 27, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
      • WillC81

        I remember the slavery article as well. It is not surprising to see political motivations holding sway over these statistics. I guess they convinced someone they were working hard on it...? Yet CNN reporters easily found a major operation. Does it only count if you enslave foreigners rather than your own people?

        June 27, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
      • Haolan

        But, but, but India is a democracy. You see, it's impossible for a democratic country like India to do worse than Communist China when it comes to slavery.

        June 27, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
      • India is not the democratic haven we think it is

        India has a lot of problems. The often-touted "fact" that it is the world's biggest democracy is a total sham. While the gov't has passed various laws to promote equality, fact is that hardly anyone accepts them socially – dalits are still "untouchable", and India has more people living in miserable conditions below the poverty line than ALL countries in Africa COMBINED! (...and before anyone bashes what Im saying, please bother to do a simple google search first; i'm sure you'll find tons of respectable sources ending in .edu and .org)

        June 27, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
      • Balanceinnews

        Just because you heard the news on a TV channel or read a story in newspaper, doesn't make a country guilty of slavery. In the same context, just because I heard of a story on MSNBC regarding sex slaves in USA, doesn't make USA guilty of slavery. Having said that, India does need to do more work in this regard, but I can understand that with country of billion population, enforcement of laws can be a bit challenging.

        June 27, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
      • just someone who cares

        Well I am indian, i got to india alot. First off I live in those kinds of places where you say slavery is seen alot. I know that isnt a fact and what you said about extreme debt, well that means they are paying it off...

        Also the fact that 10 million in India isnt that much and it compares to the Us in comparative to the total population. When people like you say this you forget that in these large cities there are gangsters and mobs like in the U.S. most of the time it is these individuals who traffic people. It isnt just something you see everyday. The fact that you can criticize a country for such a small amount of people relative to that size is astounding.

        The next time CNN does a report on legalized prostitution in the U.S. then lets talk because it sure isnt legal in India. Just to state I am from the united states born and raised. Just pissed off when i see such ignorance from racists who believe everything they read.

        June 27, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
      • Harsha, Bangalore

        Dear Cdogg, I'm really sorry to say that no such law exists in this land that legalises slavery. Though, i must admit that there exists cases of forced labour or slavery at some remote parts of the Country, where enforcement of law could not be monitored, there is NO such law that legalises slavery. All such acts are considered illegal.

        June 27, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
      • Keshav

        In the report, Tier 2 countries are defined as those who do not meet the minimum requirements but are taking significant steps to curb trafficking. Yes, India does have trafficking problems, but it has been taking several steps to combat it as well. I do not understand why is there such a big fuss. India definitely does have other problems, but like all other Asian countries, it is because of colonization. All such countries were left to fend for themselves while other World War 2 countries were at the zenith of Industrial revolution. It will take a while for countries like India to develop, give it some time – Men at work!

        June 28, 2011 at 1:08 am |
      • SSD

        Let's go back 250+ years in History. When India was Rich, much richer then many European and today's developed nations. Then India was invaded, suppressed by power and looted of all its wealth and taken back to Britain. Now also remember the inhumane deeds of the Britishers when "they created slaves" so that they could show supremacy. After doing all this, and stripping India in every possible manner, they go back, relax and point finger at India saying "look, they are really poor. They have slaves. They have beggars all over the place." ..... Now come-on, is this fare? Despite all this, and remember only 64years of Independence, we have tried to to fight all odds and emerge out quiet strong as of today. You can't expect things to be absolutely perfect is this time, but its improving and improving fast.

        June 28, 2011 at 1:51 am |
      • bob

        @SSD The british gave you the railway and kept & india from being another decimated repressive muslim hell hole, not to mention indians where far more brutal to each other for example caste systems that still exist today !
        the british give billions in aid for what ? only being better a what everyone else was trying to do, they did not invent exploitation if fact they were successful because they provided a less brutal option they the status quo

        June 28, 2011 at 5:47 am |
      • samanvay

        Yes, the british gave India the railroad, they gave india "a framework". But you also fail to realize that india is a 5000 + year old civilization. The good that the British did was out of context with the culture of india. The bad they did, was really bad. They killed innocent people, made them work for the Queen. You people seem to forget the East India Company. The British are guilty of stealing our riches, tearing down a once great civilization, and instilling western values in an age old system that worked quite well.
        As for slavery in india. Most of you western people that visit india see things you usually wouldn't have seen. You see people doing jobs that don't even exist in the US, you see people begging. But you have to realize that India is a big country, 1.3 billion people is not an easy number to manage via democracy, as opposed to 300 million. People have to do things to survive, its not as if they don't get paid. Beggars exist, its a fact of life, their circumstances have put them in that situation.
        Criticizing the goverment of india of all the things that go on in a 1.3 billion, 5000 + year old civilization, is a matter of disrespect. India is making giant strides, faster than the US did, or britain for that matter. 64 years of independence from colonial rule, you have one of the worlds fastest growing economies, a country with foreign reserves growing at exponential rates. and NO, we do not take aid any more. India is a self relient entity that is poised to take the world by storm, its just a matter of time that the population of India will be living in better circumstances, and being educated. Please don't compare us to the west, because we're completely different.

        June 28, 2011 at 6:28 am |
      • IVS

        No matter whatever reasons any pro Indians give to justify slavery bottom line is slavery is a slavery in any form in any circumstances. If Nepal is in the list then CNN only reported that all these girls are sent to India for prostitution. Being a consumer India should be on top of the list.

        June 28, 2011 at 9:31 am |
      • Sag

        What? Slavery is not legal in india... yea they have slavery in india but its definitely not legal! and its definitely not worse then china!!

        June 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
      • M3NTA7

        @samanvay true, but you are also up against the rising power of China in the global economy as well.

        June 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
      • severe problems of child kidnapping

        just like Mexico, China has a terrible problem with boys being stolen, sometimes lost forever to slavery, sometimes gotten back via ransom

        June 28, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
      • Tim

        I have worked as a NGO in India for several years in the past and I can agree with the fact that India like many nation's has problem with slavery but you are totally wrong in suggesting that their is a Gov Law thats allow's the practic of slavery. Thats simply not true. India suffers from the same problems as most developing nations, poverty, corruption that lead to such problems but their is no Law that promotes such practice as you claim.

        June 29, 2011 at 1:00 am |
      • Jitendra

        US and UK should be in Tier 3, then as they were the ones who were involved in slavery! and even today are practicing slavery but disguising these under the laws. You guys are fool to point out India but at the same time ignore your own standards against the black communities and also the illegal immigrants that you bring for doing your jobs. This is like a murderer telling others to behave!

        June 29, 2011 at 1:19 am |
      • Shubs

        Indophobes on this forum seriously guys need to get a life, and find India on a map first before talking out of your a$$es.

        June 29, 2011 at 9:16 am |
    • umm

      I would disagree, its still a pain to manage them. Food, shelter etc.

      June 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Reply
    • Cola

      Not true; it's in Eastern Africa

      June 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Reply
      • Alex Gessong

        @Cola: Yemen is on the Arabian peninsula. That's Southwest Asia, not Africa.

        June 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
      • Cyrus

        Calling Yemen a part of "Southwest Asia" is like saying Germany is part of "North-West Asia". It's the same landmass, after all. right?

        Take a lesson in geo-politics Alex.

        June 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
      • skarphace

        @Cyrus: according to geo-politics, yemen is in the greater middle east, not africa. You cannot change continents with geo-politics. Regardless, when did Yemen get mentioned in the article? I saw no mention.

        June 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
      • middogs2

        @Scarphace. Yemen is highlighted in red on the map.

        June 27, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
      • arkancharlie

        The geographical ignorance of Americans never ceases to amaze me! If Yemen is in Africa, than so is Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Might as well throw China and India in there as well. You must be one of thse who thinks that Vietnam is just south of Guatemala.

        June 27, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
      • Fuzzy Logic

        Yet we have a flag on the moon and your backwater country does not. Put that on your IPad and love it!

        June 28, 2011 at 2:12 am |
      • ScepticOptic

        Jesus Christ people, just look a geograpchical map! Yemen is in Asia not in Africa. The Red Sea and the Suez Canal separate the two continents. There are 7 continents in the World, and their border-lines not depends on political borders. Don't post stupidity!

        June 28, 2011 at 2:28 am |
      • jose

        Who said they were Americans. They may be ignorant, but your prejudiced.

        June 28, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • Alex Gessong

      @Slave Trader: H.G. Wells addressed this topic in his novel "The Time Machine"; the formerly enslaved Morlocks ended up ruling over (and eating) their former masters. Payback is a b*tch!

      June 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Reply
    • Morlock Jones

      Me Want More Eloi!!

      June 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Reply
    • Krishna Kilambi

      Indian Government is still not that rich that it can provide money to its people for free.... So people have to toil a lot more than what the Westerners do to achieve the same comfort ... well hope you know I am refering to the same west that was a parasite on eastern nations a century back .. well having fed a inhuman parasites ... country needs to recuperate and work a bit more to give its people a better standard of living ... remember dude... the basic necessities you take for granted do not come for free ....somebody has to work for it ...

      June 27, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Reply
      • Jitendra

        western nations are still parasite, just that they have made the system such that no one understands this. Western nations have pipelines running to them from the poor countries. Tell me what natural resources does UK boast of? Still it is considered rich, because it is intelligent in siding with US to suck out the resources.

        June 29, 2011 at 1:22 am |
      • Jitendra

        Abt Indian govt, its not rich but the people who run it are very very rich, they are very corrupt though, and are looting the countrys population in broad daylight. India is rich in natural resources and fertile land which is very good for agriculture but the govt is working for the western nations, and looting the people of India.

        June 29, 2011 at 1:25 am |
    • Soldier

      Yemen is not in Asia, but in the middle east

      June 27, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Reply
      • Yos

        WOW, you just invented another continent that is called the Middle east.

        June 28, 2011 at 6:35 am |
    • Jesus

      Your Christian God loves slavery. Read Exodus 21. If God commands it, it should be followed by YOU (unless of course the Bible is really an allegorical mix of tales and myths from an ignorant 1st century culture).

      June 27, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Reply
      • Cletus are a douche.

        June 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • DB

      OMG! Yemen is in the middle east (western portion), not on the African continent. The definition of the "Middle East" is: a region that encompasses Western Asia and North Africa.

      June 27, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Reply
    • midogs2

      Yes, the Red Sea separates Africa from Asia.

      June 27, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Reply
    • DB

      OMG! Yemen is in the middle east (western portion), not on the African continent. The definition of the "Middle East" is: a region that encompasses Western Asia and North Africa...

      June 27, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Reply
    • no

      To Jesus...I read Exodus 21–Don't see where it say's God loves slavery. More likely, He was simply acknowledging a practice that was in place throughout the world at the time. Moreover, unlike modern day slavery (i.e., last few hundred years), it was clear that slaves were to be released after seven years (making any claim that God would have supported the slavery of the South legitimate an nonstarter).

      Please do not quote the Bible out of context–it only makes you look foolish.

      June 27, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Reply
    • yemen

      Not surprised to see China trailing behind the middle east in human rights.

      June 27, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Reply
    • Isaac Pfaff

      Why does CNN not address the Massage Parlours that are found in any North American city main street and middle class suburbs?

      June 28, 2011 at 12:55 am | Reply
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      June 28, 2011 at 2:44 am | Reply
    • joelle esther benyayer

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      June 28, 2011 at 2:55 am | Reply
    • bob

      samanvay@ 2011 India will get British Aid of One Billion Pounds,and the british were no more brutal then indians were to one another – time to stop blaming the british, do the british blame the romans or the normans

      June 28, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Reply
    • Eaglesoars3056

      I can not believe that slavery still exist in India and other parts of the World in today's Modern Era. Sex Slaves is also one of the most disturbing trends that exist in different part of the World where women are deceive into thinking that they will have a better life by giving a job but when they got to the Country of destination are shuffle around from city to city being prostituted by these Underworld criminals. They deserve a to live in jail for the rest of their life by treating human being like animals. This is horrendous that women are like commodity sold in the Internet or other means of communication by the Sex slave trader and buyers. Wake up America we have another form of Slavery now it is called White Slavery in terms of Sex Slave Trade. WE NEED to STOP this inhumane treatment to women and men. Thank you.

      July 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Reply
  2. Devin

    Damn white man keeping us down, oh wait its only in white nations where this is no slavery, and only in all nations of color there is slavery. Interesting.

    June 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Reply
    • Another Dumb (REDACTED)

      Hey meathead – it's countries that aren't doing anything to prevent slavery, not countries with slavery. And there are plenty of "white" countries on that list as well. Pull your head out of your you-know-what.

      June 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Reply
      • Flatsguide

        Which ones?

        June 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
      • JLS639

        To Flatsguide: Looking at the map, I see Iceland, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Urkaine and Russia if I take a fairly narrow definition of white. If you include southwestern Asia, North Africa and/or Latin America as white areas, there are a lot more.

        June 27, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
      • cnr

        Dude, he didn't say there aren't white countries that have slavery, he said the only countries that DONT have slavery are the white ones.

        June 27, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
      • JLS639

        To cnr: You missed the last half of his statement where he clearly said that slavery was only in non-white nations. Devin said:
        "...and only in all nations of color there is slavery"

        I responded to Flagsguide's comment where he asked which ones.

        June 28, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • bs

      You are kidding yourself if you think there is no slavery in the US. Slavery is everywhere. But it exists because of the Tier 2 and Tier 3 countries. There are plenty of scumbags here in the US willing to allow slavery to occur.

      June 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
      • Fuzzy Logic

        You are correct sir! Illegal immigrants are working for slave wages (if they get paid at all)!

        June 28, 2011 at 2:15 am |
      • you are kidding yourself

        no one is saying where slavery exists or not... the article is addressing what is being done about existing slavery

        it appears that slavery exists in every nation on earth... some are doing something about it, others are not; that is what the article is about

        June 28, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
    • Munya Munos

      That's because those who compile the stats are BIASED! All objective stats show that the end-point of MOST sex-slaves are in the U.S. & other western countries. Most stats also show that most "clients" of sex-slaves are Westerners!!! Most westerners actually globe-trot all over the world looking for under-aged sex boys/girls! Read books & stuff & stop making stupid conclusions...

      June 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Reply
      • rawr

        Books and stuff. Awesome.

        June 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
      • Munya Munos

        Of course I value BOOKS more, but "stuff" doesn't hurt to read as well (as long as you are prepared to interrogate sources & deconstruct "facts"). From the look of things you read neither!

        June 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
      • bostongraf

        "Most westerners actually globe-trot all over the world looking for under-aged sex boys/girls!"

        Really? Most westerners travel the world looking to sexually abuse under-age boys and/or girls? I think you may have phrased that incorrectly.

        I understand (and appreciate) the point you are trying to make, but you may need to expand your stat collecting a bit. Yes, the west is most definitely involvedi n human trafficking. But a lot of the stats you are looking are only available because of the modern stat collecting mechanisms in place.

        With number ranges ilke 10 millino to 30 million, you have to accept that a large portion is gonig unreported. While the West is not innocent, I would believe that the West would do a better job of reporting stats than places like central Africa would.

        June 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
      • oldboldgold

        Most Westerners globe trot all over the world looking for sex slaves? You on drugs?

        June 27, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
      • Munya Munos

        Go to Kenya, South Africa, & other tourist destinations & you'll see for yourselves westerners marauding for small boys & girls...

        June 27, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
      • jose

        Again... hate and bias. Most westerners do NOT do this. IF you judge your sample size off of people you see going into a brothel or some such, then you are looking at a tiny fragement of the population.

        June 28, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • Joe

      Yeah its just the US and Europe that benefit from slavery in the third world through the production of their products.

      June 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      Come on! are you still on this road?

      June 27, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Reply
    • Alex Gessong

      @Devin: there are very few "White" countries. Modern nations are "melting pots" with cosmopolitan populations that include multiple ethnic groups. This is true of the U.S., Western Europe, etc. Ironically, the diverse demographics of many nations is the result of former slavery in those nations.

      June 27, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Reply
    • blah

      Since when did Taiwan and S.Korea become white countries?

      June 27, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Reply
    • Jen B

      You need to read that map better, I see a country in Africa, one in South America and one in Asia that are also blue. Also, I doubt being blue means a total abscence of slavery, as it's no secret that the US, at least, has a thriving sex slave and sweatshop trade.

      June 27, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Reply
    • Afrika

      I'll take this report with a grain of salt until reparation is paid to all the victims of slavery and their entire generations that suffered and continue to suffer in the hands of the West; and until the West return every piece of treasure they stole from Africa and other parts of the world. They taught the world how to enslave other human beings.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Reply
      • SM

        The Islamic Caliphate (630 to 1333) imported large numbers of slaves (black and white) to do all of the work that Muslims would not or could not do. European slave traders bought their first slaves from the Arabs. Later, some West African kingdoms raided their neighbours to get slaves to sell to the Europeans. It was a very profitable business for a time.
        If you look at the history of the last 3 millennia, Europeans have been slaves as much as slave owners.

        June 29, 2011 at 6:23 am |
  3. bill

    Interesting, all the countries we aren't friends with made the list as "tier 1: violators." Im not saying the numbers were fudged in order to give us the moral high ground, but Im not saying they werent either.

    June 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Reply
    • Jerry Vinter

      Not saying you are wrong, but another explanation is also possible – we tend not to form cultural friendships with countries in that list.

      Correlation is not causation type disclaimers apply.

      June 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Reply
      • Reg

        Since Ronald Reagan announced China to be a most favored nation, some correlation=cause. The buyer and supplier are both profiteers of the slave-labor, and both are causing it.

        June 27, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • Chris

      Saudi is our best friend and it is a slavery hellhole if there ever was one. In Kuwait recently a female politician wanted to establish sex slavery in line with Qur'anic teachings. UAE is also build on shameless exploitation of labourers and domestic servants with slave-like working conditions.

      June 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Reply
    • mak625

      anyone notice that north korea is in tier 3 and south korea is in tier 1? i wonder why...

      June 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Reply
      • John

        North KOrea is a communist poor country while south korea is a democratic country.

        June 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
    • Denizen Kate

      Kuwait, Bill. We actually went to war for them, and they're listed as Tier 1.

      June 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Reply
      • Alex Gessong

        @Denizen Kate: we didn't go to war for Kuwait, we went to war to protect the availability of Mideast oil. After invading Kuwait, Iraqi forces were positioning for a thrust into Saudi Arabia. That would have put 45% of the world's known oil reserves under control of one man (Saddam Hussein). We didn't like that possibility, so we kicked the Iraqi forces out of Kuwait. Before the invasion, President George H.W. Bush had stated that the U.S. had no obligation to protect Kuwait. Unfortunately, the Iraqi leader thought that meant we wouldn't do anything if he invaded Kuwait.

        June 27, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  4. joelle esther benyayer

    some extreme right european police inside trafic or illegal immigration in my block of flat some immigred outside europa robbe agress impmossible to me to get help from police in south of france someone get my identtty today protected by the french police and mayors worst they use also my artistic work and papers with complicity of some police and mayor involds with drugs tafic and hacking three years waitting more one hundred day of chemical in my blood dammage teetch what the police do treath me like criminal two times happen in the seem residence to jewish people all robbe also cloghting papers and the police ignored is it a politic of the police to put new citizen help them to tafic

    June 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Reply
    • Angelfish33


      June 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • Denizen Kate

      @Joelle, I understand that English is probably not your native language, but not even a comma? Your comment is incomprehensible (you may need to look that up).

      June 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Reply
      • grammar

        no comma, only coma...

        June 27, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      @Joelle: visit the consulate or embassy of your original nation and somebody will help you. Corruption exists in every nation, but the majority of people are not corrupt. One of the best ways to avoid being victimized by corrupt people is to master the local language. They think that if you don't speak the local language very well then you will not be able to ask for help when you need it.

      June 27, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  5. Bob From Pitt

    Is it comedable that the US is doing something about, however the US is a user of the slaves, check the CNN report on sex slaves in DC..

    June 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • Alex Gessong

      @Bob: True, but this report only deals with the various nations' governments' role in preventing slavery. The U.S. government fights slavery, even though some Americans choose to provide profits to slavers. There will always be individuals who choose to do that, but it's important that governments never condone it. A government that condones slavery has no legitimacy. Freedom is the natural right of every person, granted to us by our Creator (as Thomas Jefferson wrote, though he himself was a slaver).

      June 27, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Reply
    • oldboldgold

      They can go to jail for it... report anything you know personally to the local DIstrict Attorney and CNN.

      June 27, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  6. Matt, Bloomington IN

    Might want to correct the sentence that lists Yemen as part of Africa

    June 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Reply
    • skarphace

      They must have done so, as I see no mention of Yemen in the current version of the article.

      June 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  7. bill in az

    hard to belive that Mexico ranked only Tier 2 with tens of thousands of humans being trafficed across our border and within mexico to support the drug trade

    June 27, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Reply
    • bs

      Tier 2 seems to indicate countries that have major problems but are trying to combat them. Mexico does try to combat trafficking.

      June 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Reply
      • bill in az

        I'd have to have more info on that to agree with you.....last I saw the Mexican govt was still printing up flyers on how to help people sneak into U.S. ....there are armed camps of Mexican nationals living less than 10 miles from my house (over 100 miles inside US borders)...nothing seems to be done to them and they are the 'guards' for the human trafficking....reportedly (I of course don't know for sure) some of them are mexican police there to give technical advice...odd how foreigners can come into this country armed with weapons that you and I cannot have and nothing gets done about it but if you or i attempt to purchase those weapons, we will be hunted down and put in federal prision... we live about 40miles outside of PHX and the problem is incredible....human smugglers run down the roads right past our house at night with no lights (almost hit 5 of the neighbor kids one night)...this is pure human smuggling, not running dope or looking for better paying jobs....

        June 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
      • Alex Gessong

        @Bill in AZ: the problem began when 55% of Mexico was taken away to form the states of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California, and Nevada, as a result of the Mexican-American War. President Polk had instigated the war for exactly that purpose. The Mexican government has as much interest in controlling border crossings as we do, because the majority of weapons used in narco-crime in Mexico came into Mexico from the U.S. People from Mexico cross the border illegally because Americans will pay them, whether for drugs, sex or cheap labor. If people in the U.S. were not willing to do that, illegals would stop coming here.

        June 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
      • skarphace

        @Bill: ok, you have successfully scared the {expletive} out of me. If the problem is as bad as you say, no wonder Obama gets flack for his immigration policy. I do hope that you are either exagerating or misinformed. I will have to do more research on that topic for sure. I had a brother that lived in Phoenix, and we saw hispanics everwhere (of course - not saying that in itself that is bad), but he never reported to me anything of the caliber that you claim. Nearer to the city you would expect less evidence, though, so I am not disputing your claim, just being skeptical.

        June 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
      • oldboldgold

        Well, the feds will not shut the borders or prosecute those who hire illegals. Arizona is trying, but "someone" is burning Arizona down...

        June 27, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
    • Rodolfo Quintero Romo

      Yes, it surprises me too. But, to be fair, the overwhelming majority of "illegals" in the US from Mexico or from elsewhere for that matter, are not criminals.

      June 30, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  8. Semere

    "In Africa, Nigeria and Mauritius kept their Tier 1 status – the only African nations in the top rank – while Algeria, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Libya, Madagascar and Yemen all dropped into Tier 3"


    Since when did Yemen become an African country?

    June 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • David

      I think you need to read the comment again.

      June 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Reply
      • Bill

        "I think you need to read the comment again." I've read the statement about African states several times and maybe I'm missing something. Yemen is, in fact, located on the Arabian penninsula which is a part of the commonly accepted Asian landmass. I'm not sure what needs to be looked at some more.

        June 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
      • skarphace

        @Bill: I think the confusion is the result of CNN fixing the article. Yemen is no longer mentioned in that paragraph.

        June 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  9. jon

    The list sounds about right to me. The countries you never hear of except human violations and slaughter.

    June 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  10. David

    Hmmm. United States is a Tier 1 but countries the libs are in love with such as cuba, north korea, saudi arabia, venezuela and most of norther africa and the middle east are Tier 3. Kinda makes you wonder what their priorities really are!!

    June 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Reply
    • Will

      Who told you that "libs" are "in love" with Cuba and North Korea? Or are you just being a typical teabagging liar who makes stuff up out of thin f*#king air in order to back up your twisted, broken world view?

      June 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Reply
      • Joe

        How about Danny Glover and Sean Penn and Michael Moore? How about Obama taking some book from Chavez on how the US is the root of troubles in S Am and not defending us?

        And I don't know any conservatives who support Saudi Arabia, short of the Bush administration letting their people out of the country on September 12, 2001.

        June 27, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
    • terre08

      Libs love those countries? Don't think so. Conservatives definitely love Saudi Arabia that's for sure because it is a conservative country so are the northern African countries.

      June 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Reply
    • SimonC

      There is an indisputable evidence of our former president, a conservative, holding hands with a feudal ruler from Arabian peninsula.

      June 27, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Reply
    • Denizen Kate

      @David, "countries the libs are in love with" ?? You sound like a typical Tea Party bonehead.

      June 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Reply
    • Alex Gessong

      @David: what "libs" are you talking about? Turn off FoxNews and take a look at reality. If conservatives had had their way, there'd still be slavery in the Confederate States of America. You live in a free country because liberals like John Adams and Benjamin Franklin made sure that you could. This country was founded by liberals and radicals, not the conservatives who wanted to remain part of England. If you want a conservative country, try Iran or North Korea. I'm a liberal because I believe in the greatest liberal of all: Jesus of Nazareth.

      June 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Reply
    • oldboldgold

      Why George Bush Junior was so close to the Saudis... he caught sand in his pant cuffs

      June 27, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Reply
  11. nick

    damn they still have slaves in africa.... and all the blacks in the U.S. think that we owe them something. maybe they should go back and see just how good they have it. free loading crack heads here. maybe they should skype their cuzzies and see how things are in the working fields!!

    June 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Reply
    • Jack

      just because there is slavery in other parts of the world doesn't mean that african-american slavery is somehow excused or invalidated. if i rob you at gun point, i can't say "hey the guy across the street got his car stolen, so getting robbed of your wallet isn't a big deal. stop crying."

      June 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • MethManSteve

      LOL Nick you're a child. Meth IS the drug of choice in the U.S. and guess what? Black & brown skins don't use it. AND despite what you see on your American tv shows, whites still call the shots in Africa even though they are the minority. Why don't you go back to your anglo-roots and enjoy socialist anarchy since you THINK you are so superior.

      June 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Reply
      • Bryan

        Meth and crack are not the same thing. Thought you should know.

        June 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      @Nick: all you owe them is the same respect you should pay to every other American. If you're sure slavery no longer exists in America, talk to a migrant farm worker some time. Or to a trafficked woman in an illegal brothel in California or New York or.. Some Americans condoned slavery for 200 years. That's just reality. The residual effects of those 200 years are still felt today. That's reality, too.

      June 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Reply
      • Fuzzy Logic

        You mean the "migrant farm worker" who is here illegally?

        June 28, 2011 at 2:22 am |
  12. American

    Funny how WE judge others. My peeps didn't come to the US in their own boat. I love America but we need to starighten our on shit out first before we talk about other countries.I think we had 400 years of slavery not tolong ago.

    June 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Reply
    • glyder

      long enough.if you wont forget it now you have no intention of it.dont worry the radical left will enslave as many as they can.look what they have done to blacks.

      June 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Reply
    • Steven

      Agreed, some U.S government department like to criticize other country on various aspects, i.e. politics, econimic, military, health, and like to define many standards to meassure others and release various of assessment reports. To be honest, the U.S is the most developed country in the world. But, It shall provide more effective help to other cuntry to improve, rather than
      releasing some standards and criticising other country, it is not helpful to resolve this problem. For China, I don't think it shall be put in the Watch List 2, the slavery have disappeared in China for long time, since the Dynasty Qin, slavery has been banned for over 2000 years by all the goverments in the history. In the past 100 years, since 1845 so called Opium War started, China steadly stepped into poverty and uprising, from a the stronger and larger country in the 19th century or before, the proverty and war situation lasted for almost ONE century. But now, China become a important power in the world, the slavery is strickly prohibitted in China, maybe there is still some human trafficting, but the government always spend more effort to strike it, It become properity and stable, wonderful and hospitable nation, the people there live so happier than what yo thought. I support to move off China from the Watch 2 list, even from this ranking list due to its low dependability

      June 27, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Reply
      • Fuzzy Logic

        I guess when you call the people working in your factories "prisoners" instead of "slaves" it makes everything ok......

        June 28, 2011 at 2:24 am |
    • oldboldgold

      The new slavers are the "elite" and they are equal opportunity enslavers

      June 27, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  13. Ponce DeLeon

    They forgot to factor in the 13 million Mexican slaves who "work" in the U.S. at the behest of corporate America. According to their rating system that would make the U.S. a Tier 3,wouldn't it?

    June 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Reply
    • bs

      I think you need to learn the definition of "slave".

      June 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Reply
      • No

        Perhaps you prefer the term: indentured servitude? It is still exploitation and a crime against humanity.

        June 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • George C.

      We'd love to fight the slave children in USA, but every bill we try to pass to find out who is legal and who is not is considered racist. Thus it's impossible to find out what's going on.

      June 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Reply
    • Fuzzy Logic

      Funny how these "slaves" run to this country.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:25 am | Reply
  14. MikeBell

    Imagine that.
    In all these years of Hugo Chavez he has managed to institutionalize a class of people to slave for his friends.
    Socialism is a 'Class' System.

    June 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  15. Ovalle

    Of course the US is not on the watchlist... of course!

    June 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • Ovalle

      Ah right, and Nigeria in the top category.

      June 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  16. Vega

    Congrats to Colombia

    June 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  17. SN

    I wonder whether the report scanned all the Chinese Massage Business places across US Cities. Each of them has minimum five Asian women employed as slaves to do sexual activities by the name of massage business.

    June 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • bs

      Being Tier 1 means you meet certain MINIMUM standards. It doesn't mean slavery isn't a problem.

      June 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  18. Marcia

    How can America who still has not cleansed its own bloody hands of the slave trade be the keeper of the list?

    June 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • Will

      Every American who has profited directly from the slave trade is dead. The ones who are still alive are no more guilty of owning slaves than Europeans.

      June 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
    • Jeff

      100+ years ago, get over it. Stop making excuses. We have a black president. Do you think he made excuses?

      June 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Reply
    • Denizen Kate

      Marcia, our hands are not bloody. We ended that horrible practice more than 100 years ago. The people who profitted are long dead. Give it a rest already.

      June 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Reply
    • Fuzzy Logic

      We fought a bloody civil war to end slavery. Shut your pie hole.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:27 am | Reply
  19. Will

    Congratulations to Israel!

    June 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  20. David

    Bill, I sent the email before I finished it.
    What I meant to include was that worrying about whether Yemen is in Africa or Asia belittles the atrocity of human trafficking and slavery.

    June 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  21. Publius Novus

    It seems ironic that the U.S.–the greatest slave-trafficking nation in history–grades the rest of the world on efforts to stop slavery. Less than 150 years ago, 11 states were fighting the rest of the country to preserve their "peculiar institution." God only knows how long slavery would have persisted in those 11 states had Lincoln not persisted in his quest to preserve the Union.

    June 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
    • Sheriff

      Lincoln Rocks!

      June 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Reply
      • Bryan

        Long live the Republican Party!

        June 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
      • Publius Novus

        @Bryan. The Republican Party of Lincoln expired in 1970. Its spirit was murdered by the "Southern Strategy."

        June 27, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
    • bill in az

      Rules of thumb on how to tell if the poster is a 'lib':
      #1 Have they called everyone some derrogatory name within the first 5 mins?
      #2 Do they brag about being open minded then slam anyone who disagrees with them?
      BINGO -they are a lefty....only a lib would characterize someone who disagress with them over a 2% increase in educational funding as a 'Nazi'!

      June 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Reply
    • Kanelle

      It's not really Ironic. When someone go to "change their ways" sometimes they go to the opposite extreme of where they were so misguided later on. A collective of people sometimes act the same as a group as they would a single individual.

      June 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  22. Jack

    okay... but who's importing the slaves? all the Tier 3 countries are the one's exporting them, but where are they going? To western countries. In my town, you see tons of massage parlours full of chinese, south east asian, and south american girls. You can bet they are slaves.

    June 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  23. David (Palin '12)

    I have sex with animals such as sheep, goats, pigs.

    June 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  24. tulsatim

    The US has the most slaves in the world. All taxpayers are slaves to the Federal Reserve. Most in the world are slaves, it is just the order of degree of slavery where you reside.

    June 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Reply
    • Conrad Shull

      Or slave to one's ideology.

      June 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Reply
    • Publius Novus

      You got it partly right. We are slaves all right–but not to the Federal Reserve. We are slave to the multi-national corporations.

      June 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  25. Dieter

    Why is Israel only Tier 1? It's common knowledge that - not only does the religion that forms the cornerstone of their state endorse total enslavement of all non-Jews, but they actively "practice what they preach", importing thousands of young girls from eastern Europe to work as slaves in their brothels.

    June 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Reply
    • Bryan

      ROFL. What an idiot.

      June 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Reply
    • Luke

      Because Israel meets the minimum requirements. If you read the article, you'll notice that the only qualification to be in tier one is to meet the minimum standards.

      June 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Reply
    • Etamar

      Dieter, I think you are a victim of prejudice thinking and... perhaps a lot of hate.

      There is nothing in "their religion" about slavery, and don't forget "their religion" constitutes the base for Christianity and Islam.

      Regarding "they ... import thousands" – this is a very ludicrous comment, and just propagates hate. Who is "they" – the nation? the government? the orthodox (who will not even look at a girl not covered from head to toe)??? Do you intend to say that in Germany, or the UK, or the USA, or Russia, or anywhere else, there are not "thousands" that arrive into the country to work in brothels, REGARDLESS of the base religion?

      Do you seriously think that Christian countries have no prostitution???... *sigh*

      June 28, 2011 at 12:33 am | Reply
  26. Furious Styles

    Yemen is not in Africa or Asia, it is located along the Arabian Peninsula. Its not really much bigger than France, however it is divided into two nations.

    June 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Reply
    • Ryan in Michigan

      @Furious Styles – Your geography is a little off. Yemen is indeed in Asia, as the Arabian Peninsula is considered part of Asia. Also, it's not split into two countries anymore, as East Yemen and West Yemen were unified many years ago into the country of Yemen. Just thought I'd give you a heads up.

      June 27, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Reply
    • Publius Novus

      There are seven continents. If Yemen is not in Asia or Africa, then where is it? Ever heard of Asia Minor?

      June 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Reply
    • skarphace

      @Furious: "The Arabian Peninsula" is not a continent. It actaully spans three continents: Europe, Asia, and Africa. Yemen is in the part that resides in Asia, not Africa. However, that paragraph has been modified by CNN and so the argument is now moot.

      June 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  27. jojo

    This is a totally BOGUS report!!

    It claims Eritrea, a nation with ZERO court system and with the Higest refugees per capita, is more free and has better Human Rights than countries like Kenya and Ethiopia! Who writes this crap?? Geeezee!


    June 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Reply
    • skarphace

      I guess that would be something to take up with the State Department. Good luck convincing them you know more about slave trafficking in these countries than they do.

      June 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Reply
    • Yos

      When you are not the one fleeing your country incase of persecution (or when you are the one doing the dirty jobs) its always easy to deny facts.

      June 28, 2011 at 6:41 am | Reply
  28. Sheriff

    The sheriff is a nig(Town Churchbell rings)

    June 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  29. Frank

    No one should be fooled by this nonsense. The main thrust of this report & CNN’s cheerleading is on adult prostitution, period. The rest is just cover to try to cloak their true intentions.

    June 27, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Reply
    • skarphace

      Wow, you got 'thrust', 'cheerleading', and 'prostitution' all in one sentence. Got something on your mind?

      June 27, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  30. Arab Atheist

    "The United States can impose sanctions on countries in the bottom tier" ... yeah right ..please impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia.. . hypocrisy at its best .

    June 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  31. Conrad Shull

    Always wondered about those Swiss.

    June 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  32. Bill Robins

    Dear CNN: What's the point of putting a photo of interactive data on a website and then spending several paragraphs narrating on what the data contain? Why not just put the interactive chart on the website? Seems like you're short changing readers.

    June 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  33. rafael gonzalez

    Pure politics,Venezuela in Red jejejejejejejejejeje,China Dark Yellow,Colombia Blue,the US government is a pure joke,pure joke,Always trying their Durty Game.

    June 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Reply
    • skarphace

      If you don't like it, get involved in the politics of your country and make policy changes. Otherwise, you are complaining uselessly.

      June 27, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  34. Tim Newman

    It is disappointing to see that after so many years of being on the Tier 2 Watchlist, the US Department of State has failed to hold Uzbekistan to account for its ongoing use of forced child labor in its cotton fields. The Government of Uzbekistan has taken no significant steps to eliminate the state-sanctioned use of the forced labor and hundreds of thousands of children to produce its cotton. It's time for the US Government to do more to end this abuse, beginning with pressing for an ILO mission to Uzbekistan to observe the fall harvest season. For more on this issue, please see this press release from the International Labor Rights Forum:

    June 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  35. Richard

    A convenient list proffered by the US gvernment: Iran is on, but Irag and Afghanistan are off; Cuba (really Cuba lol!) is on but Mexico is off; Venezuela is on, but Haiti is off. Looks more like Americans are slaves to propoganda.

    June 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Reply
    • Bryan

      Good call, Dick.

      June 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Reply
    • Shahin

      so true

      June 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Reply
    • Bobby

      Saudi Arabia is classified as tier 3 and just so happens to be one of the more integral relationships that the United States in the middle east region. Please sit down, take a deep breath, and think before you commit any action that can otherwise be termed a form of communication.

      June 27, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Reply
  36. John Bloggs

    This report can only be described as fraudulent. Nigeria, of all countries, joins Tier One nations such as U.K., USA, and western European nations? Nigeria with its streams of refugees, and its citizens working as prostitutes in Europe (especially Italy and Spain), children accused of witchcraft, ritual murders of children to get body parts for witchcraft, etc.... And Nigeria makes to Tier One...absolute

    June 27, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Reply
    • Joseph Bloggs

      Stop hating on Nigeria Mr. Bloggs, it's actually a very wonderful place to live. Nigerians hate any form of slavery, and they would never partake in such a heinous act. In addition, Nigeria tries to sever ties with any of those countries that fall short of its high anti-slavery standards – like that country that calls itself a 'free country' (the USA). This is one of the few countries built by the people, for the people, and loved by the people. No place like Nigeria!

      June 27, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Reply
      • John Bloggs

        If Nigeria is such a nice place to live in, why do you have desperate Nigerians spending three quarters of their lives queing up at foreign embassies and consulates in a sad bid to flee the country? If Nigeria is such a wonderful place to live in why do you have Nigerian citizens forging papers and getting into bogus marriages in a desparate bid to avoid going back to their 'nice' country? Not such a nice place to live in after all I guess?

        June 27, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
    • Luke

      Nigeria is tier one because it meets the minimum standers. That is , they try to stop slavery. That's it. It has nothing to do with how successful they are, but if they try.

      June 27, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Reply
      • KitKat

        Utter rubbish again. Everyone who is even remotely familiar with the nation known as Nigeria knows that slavery and trafficking are rife in Nigeria. Its utter rubbish to even suggest that Nigeria tries to stop slavery and trafficking because it DOES NOT. Period. Crappy report, crappy rankings, crappy research, crappy Tier One list. Period.

        June 28, 2011 at 3:17 am |
  37. Joshua

    So all the white countries who were big on salvery no longer have any and the places they got the slaves from seem to be having trouble with slavery in their country? Anyone see this as B.S.?

    June 27, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Reply
    • Publius Novus

      It seems especially ironic coming from the world's greatest historical trafficker of slaves.

      June 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Reply
      • Steven

        exactly right!

        June 27, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
    • Lynn Robertson

      Joshua, The US stopped the Human Slavery of African Americans 100 years ago my friend. 43% of white people elected Obama. Give it a rest. It was sick & wrong what my ANCESTORS did. But let's talk about THAT, if you have to, on a different site! THIS is about GLOBAL SEXUAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING, a sick, twisted, preverted thing that IS happening in EVERY COUNTRY. Frankly, I'm disapointed that we, the US, didn't list OUR trafficking figures.

      June 27, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Reply
      • Victor Burunsus


        To strenghten the point you've made I would add: we live in a world governed by the rules of supply and demand. Countries creating demand for slaves should fall in the Demand or Destination Group and the poor countries would most likely fall into the Supply or Origin Group. The level of effort by governments to counteract human trafficking is a secondary issue as it does not deal with the root cause (demand).

        July 1, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  38. John

    Greenland lol

    June 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  39. James

    Interesting that South Korea is listed as Tier 3. A walk outside of any local military base is all you need to do to see the rampant sex and slave trade – currently taking victims from Phillipines and Thailand. Everywhere you go, they constantly tell you "If you see it, rport it." All I would say is "just look out the front gate, you moron."

    June 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Reply
    • Right


      June 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Reply
    • John

      WTH South korea is tier 1.

      June 27, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Reply
    • anonymous

      firstly, republic of korea is listed as "tier one" not "tier three"

      secondly, you fail to recogonize the definition of "tier one" mentioned in the article which only considers the standards of the countries not the actual success in implementing standards. in fact if we were to consider actual sexual trafficking instead of the standards, the "moral nation" of U.S. (yes, sarcasm. I'm american btw) would be nowhere near the top.

      thirdly, you also fail to recogonize the distinction between prostitution and coerced prostitution. Prostitution is not "human trafficking" in the strict sense of the term. Some voluntarily result to prostitution as a means of occupation, and this is legal in many nations around the world (including majority of western Europe, Canada, majority of Australia, and some states of the U.S.). While technically illegal in S. Korea, prostitution alone is not considered when discussing human trafficking.

      While Korea has obvious problems to fix, there are certain flaws within your statement.

      June 28, 2011 at 1:15 am | Reply
  40. India Needs More Attention

    NGOs and research groups around the globe estimate the total number of slaves in India to exceed 10 million people! Think of it this way- India has a slave / population ratio that is 60 times higher than the United States. 60 times higher- Indian slavery rates per capita and the total number of slaves ranks India as the WORST location in the world. HOW CAN INDIA BE A TIER 2 COUNTRY if this one country alone has more slaves than any other country in the world? Doubt my numbers? Do the research for your self!!!

    June 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Reply
    • I Paki

      Pakistan is a paradise, India is Shi*t. Pakistan is a paradise..

      June 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Reply
    • poostan

      These Indians made 93000 paki slaves in 1971 war, how can they not be in watch list. this list is fixed, we can't agree..paki's are best, we don't have any slaves ..all our slaves get a better life with 72 virgins when they are dead..they have benefits even after death..we have the best slaves in the world..we are the best of the one like us..slaves have so good life here, people opt to be slaves and go to heaven soon..India is a bad bad country lot of bad slaves..

      June 27, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Reply
  41. Fabian

    It is a well known fact that this list is politicized to the point of being useless. Allies or at least people we're courting throw hissy fits when they rank lower, so the US takes them off the list (India, anyway?). Enemies and frenemies stay on the watchlist just because they're politically unfriendly. I mean, seriously, allied Colombia is blue while enemy Venezuela is bright glowing red??? Mexico, which the UN and other agencies consider to have on of the worst trafficking problems in the world, is status quo unchanged Tier 2. Romania – a trafficking nightmare is gold (yea right). Friendly Macedonnia is blue while less friendly neighboring countries aren't. China – where slavery, when detected, caught and prosecuted is punishable by death, is Watch list while India and Pakistan, where officials routinely give forbearance to the trade isn't. This map is utter nonsense.

    June 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  42. Right

    Why the hell isn't South Korea on at least the watch list? What a load of BS. Juicy Girls are sex slaves everyone knows that.

    For our non-military members on here a Juicy Girl is a bar girl in South Korea usually from the Philippians who is lured over to work in a bar signs a contract to be a waitress or a lounge singer then is force into prostitution when she gets there. It’s perfectly legal... now I do not personally know but i have been told by several people if you want to marry a Juicy girl as a military member you have to pay the bar for her for their lost in revenue... if that isn't slavery what the hell is? Righteous America forgets to mention its ally’s atrocities yet again…. What a shocker

    June 27, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Reply
    • skarphace

      If these 'Juicy Girls' as you define them, (there are other definitions), are forced to work for no pay and cannot escape their plight, then they are slaves. Otherwise, they are not. It sounds by your description that they are not.

      June 27, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Reply
      • Joe

        If someone takes the women's passports and a huge chunk (or all) of their earnings as payment for the transport to the destination country and for rent, they are de facto human sex slaves.

        June 27, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  43. alleygator

    Interesting . . . these are the places where American corporations sent our jobs.

    June 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Reply
    • Publius Novus

      I don't believe in coincidences. And so the top managers, officers, and directors of the outsourcing companies have to make regular trips to check on the outsourced locations. Naturally. On the Gulfstream IV. Did I mention that I don't believe in coincidences?

      June 27, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  44. Pete

    And why isn't the U.S. a tier 3 nation. We have slaves all around us. People working for little or no pay just to pay high taxes. That's slavery if I've ever seen it. This article is bogus. America is the biggest slave state out there.

    June 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Reply
    • alleygator

      You'll be emigrating to Somalia, then?

      June 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  45. exodus84

    Is it just me or does anyone else notice how many of the Tier 1 countries have outsourced a ton of labor to Tier 2 or lower countries? I wonder why that is...

    June 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Reply
    • alleygator


      June 27, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  46. Really stupid report

    As usual, the US is the world's greatest hypocrite.

    Has the US ever compensated the blacks for enslaving them? The US has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and most of the prisoners are blacks. Many of them were unjustly sentenced. It's like the movie "The Green Mile."

    Have they seen the slave conditions in their call centers? Do they care about those agents at all?

    Have they seen the slave conditions in the factories that produce goods for their multinationals? They never pay them enough to improve conditions.

    Do they care about immigrants or the trafficking of Hispanics?

    Why are America, Australia and Europe in Tier 1? You can buy a prostitute in Europe from a window. Milk cartons in the US are full of pictures of missing children who were abducted for exploitation. Australia is so dangerous that it is inconceivable to live there.

    June 27, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Reply
    • Publius Novus

      "Has the US ever compensated the blacks for enslaving them?" Yes. We call it affirmative action.

      June 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Reply
    • exodus84

      My family wasn't here yet when the blacks were enslaved so how do you make sure my tax dollars don't get used for something I had no part in?

      June 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Reply
    • Australian

      @Really stupid report
      Seriously dude, what a really stupid thing to say "Australia is so dangerous that it is inconceivable to live there".
      This just shows your absolute ignorance about anywhere outside your own country. Check the statistics and you will see that Australia is one of the safest places in the world to live. long live democracy and freedom of speach... even if it means you are allowed to pedal your rubish knowledge to the fools who would believe you. Facts, just the facts will strengthen your argument, you don't need to imagine or make up facts. I'm sad that you believed this rubish even for a minute.

      June 27, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Reply
    • dr. daneeka

      You know the 'The Green Mile" is a work of fiction, right?

      June 27, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  47. Lee

    This is just like the U.S criticising other countries. The UN has been caught countless times involved in the Sex/Slave Trafficking just like the CIA has been caught an endless amount of times Drug Trafficking.

    Wipe out the competition and you can dominate the game.

    June 27, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  48. Joe66

    What a joke, slavery is going on right here in the US. Our own children are being exploited, I turned in a group that targets talented young high school kids and when the kid is 18 bam they are gone....found a couple and they were turned into junkies and prositution. When I took it to the law they said these people were not working just above the law and the kids were 1 day past 18.

    However if this were an 18 year old from overseas....well you know the story the news is all about that.

    June 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  49. Mortran

    I need to buy 2 or 3 slaves in the next months. I don't want to spend more than US$ 1000 for each of them. Where would you recommend I should go? The article was a little bit inconclusive about this question.

    June 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Reply
    • bill in az

      excellent point mortran....these folks are throwing the term 'slave' around like they throw 'nazi' around....its just too bad they don't put all that energy into learning something.....all that carping about the evil multinational corporations! I'll bet most of them are sitting at their WORK computer, using a computer and connection that their EMPLOYER provides them ...

      June 27, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Reply
  50. Peter E

    Let me guess: this report is little more than a self-excusing comedy, turning a blind eye to the millions of exploited immigrant laborers we like to blame even though we get cheap products through their hard labor, blind eye to the exploitation of women in sex work, and our constant reliance on way underpaid child labor whom we exploit because we don't have to pay anywhere near minimum wage to minors. And that's just the slave labor we rely on in our own country. That doesn't even begin to measure the millions of slave laborers in other countries our corporations and our consumers exploit!
    Are other countries better? No. But guess what: they will continue to ignore our criticism until we stop being such hypocrites!

    June 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Reply
  51. Propaganda

    Propaganda from the west. The west were/are the masters of slavery and made it the biggest business, now they want you to believe that the places where slaves came from are the ones who practice it while all of the Anglo countries are so innocent and just. BS.

    June 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  52. Adam

    Yeah...this is a "feel good about ourselves" maneuver. The stats on this map is mostly just biased garbage based on perception instead of actual data... Even accurate is the data? It's not like the census where you go door to door "hi, any sex slaves here at this residence?" Get real.

    June 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  53. exodus84

    You're not going to see any of those blue countries showing up on "Made In..." tags anytime soon on the stuff that we buy. Yet with all that slavery and all these posts I read about the child, immigrant and other exploits in order for Americans to buy their "cheap" products. But I ask, what's been cheap? It all goes to the pockets of the rich as excessive profits and the to the politicians that allow it so they all stay in power. I know there are exceptions to this but this is generally the rule.

    June 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Reply
    • JET

      well said and couldnt agree with you more!!!!!

      June 27, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  54. JET

    US=hypocrites Police your own land and people first before you go sanctioning other countries. We are fueling China's economy what about working conditions there? Westerners are the biggest customers of this so called sex trade.....maybe you need look at yoour own people first...

    June 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Reply
    • Propaganda

      This country is fueling China's economy, but it is just a part of a larger game plan. China is a very larger competitor to white/Jewish power on the globe. With their large population and nukes that can reach any where in the world, they fear them. The one thing China had going for it was that they were not dependent upon oil or into the white man's economic system. This kept them from dealing with the pitfalls of the Jewish economic system which allowed them to grow INDEPENDENTLY.

      Now, the white man is trying to get them used to their way of life and encourage it by saying that they are RICHER than the US which will (in their minds) make the Chinese get fat heads and swim in that system which the Jew owns and then once back in the system that the Jew created, China becomes at risk to be controlled and have their nation collapse because of it. The white man does not want war with China, so they do it another way. In the west, people are not used to getting their own food or needs, we are used to going to the store! Most countries people know how to take care of themselves. They may not have an HDTV, but they can survive if they had to. It is all a game – a risky one, but a game still. So do not get excited about the Chinese economy as they are entering a game where the rules were created by Jews.

      June 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  55. Zack

    well now with the spotlight attention, prices have gone up for almost every kind of slave. i'd say wait the weather out till the market stabilizes and prices drop again.

    June 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  56. Kepler12

    They should list them all as slave nations. The global monetary system is a system of slavery. You are ALL corporate slaves. Have a nice day...

    June 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Reply
    • Fabian

      The yep.. we're the "Ownership Society".. have you found you owner yet?

      June 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Reply
      • Fabian

        oops. typed too quickly.. have you found YOUR owner yet?....

        June 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  57. Mortran

    For all those who didn't get the sarcasm in my last post: Do you really think there are real people out there who buy or trade slaves? This is some stupid hysteria. There is no such thing as slavery today. The last place whee real slavery was practiced was Sudan. And there it ended wit the autonomy of the South.
    Who speaks of slavery today is downplaying the cruelty of real slavery in history.
    The term is now only misused as a code word for prostitution, which is always voluntary. Only in the sick brains of anti-prostitution activists it is not. The term "slavery" and "human trafficking" is used to discriminate and persecute some of the most defenseless members of society, single mothers who maintain themselves and their children by providing sexual services. And because some fanatic good-doers can't accept this, they came up with this human trafficking nonsense in order make life impossible for these poor girls, putting them in jail, brainwashing them and destroying their only source of income.
    If there is really some kind of pure evil, then it is those anti-prostitution activists, because they do evil just for evil's sake. It doesn't even benefit them, when they persecute prostitutes as a crime benefits a criminal. These sick people (and this includes everybody who supports the CNN freedom project) support the abuse of young girls by the authorities just for their irrational judgement that prostitution is somehow "distasteful" to them.
    Leave these girls alone! They don't need you. Nobody needs your irrational opinion about prostitution. And stop playing down real slavery by using this out of place vocabulary.

    June 27, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Reply
    • Fabian

      Mortran, chattel slavery – the term for what you're referring to – isn't too common anymore, although it does still exist in countries like Mali. Other forms of slavery do, however, persist, such as debt bondage (India, Pakistan), various forms of agricultural peonage (sub-Saharan Africa, the poorer countries in South and Central America, India), illegal sexual bondage and trafficking (Israel, Greece, Romania, India, Mexico, etc, etc), child abduction trafficking for purposes of illegal adoption (China, US), illegal protection rackets with labor requirements (Mexico, Afghanistan), illegal labor press ganging/abductions (China, the Mekong states), suppression of unions (China, and probably coming to the US soon). In any case, the real culprits have very litle to do with the State Depts list, which is pure politics.

      June 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  58. kim

    Ok it 2011 we have advanced in the use of weapons what these so called slaves need to do is get there weapontry up and fight these people trying to enslave them basicly shoot a few of these igorant basturds and they will stop brothering you. I just can't believe they dont have excess to weapons to protect thereselfs. Just crazy shoot a few of them then they will stop all that.

    June 27, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  59. bob

    no really. you wanna wait this storm out. for an african slave from sudan or ghana, your looking at 1500. way overpriced. from the yemen or saudi arabia, more like 10,000. for a Ukrainian or eastern european, we're talkin 30000. prices have just soared up due to demand and supply not meeting. wait till prices drop at least 20% before buying your first property.

    June 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  60. krishna

    you guys are f'ckin crazy.

    go to nepal, a good looking female who will cook, clean and take care of the kids is around $3000! What a deal!

    June 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Reply
    • exodus84

      Don't tempt me! Is it $5k if she's hot!?!?! 🙂

      June 27, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  61. chris

    This report doesn't hold water. Small European countries such as Iceland, Cyprus, Malta and Austria are incorrectly classified in 'Tier 2 WC'... i wonder from where did they get the stats for these countries since every statistical report that goes out for each of these countries shows otherwise!!

    June 27, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  62. Lod Gord

    Wow! Nigeria seems to be doing as well as the western nations in this area....what a pleasant surprise.

    June 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Reply
    • Edge

      They must be making big bucks from email scams

      June 27, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  63. MDgirl

    "Nigeria with its streams of refugees, and its citizens working as prostitutes in Europe (especially Italy and Spain), children accused of witchcraft, ritual murders of children to get body parts for witchcraft, etc.... And Nigeria makes to Tier One"

    Don't be an idiot. I would hardly classify Nigeria as having "streams" of refugees compared to other African countries. What refugee situation are you speaking of? Get your facts straight. Besides, it is Africa's most populous country so you run into more Nigerian immigrants than other Africans, period. Simple statistics. There is admittedly a problem with Nigerian prostitutes in Europe. However, the report points out countries that are working to improve human trafficking within their borders. The government is trying to do something about trafficking and has made an effort in that regard. The issue with labeling children as witches is troubling among occurs in one distinct part of the country among uneducated people in grinding poverty who listen to "prophets" who claim to know why misfortune has befallen their families i.e. an innocent child. However, that is not part of this story on human trafficking. Most of these children are abused by their own families in their own homes. This points to the need for a real social welfare system that can catch abusive families as you can not rely on local villagers to step up, as they usually share the belief system of the abusers. Children get abused everywhere in different ways, even here in the good old USA. It is up to us to help causes that bring country-specific instances to our attention. So please, do more than an a perfunctory read of news articles before you come to a public forum and spill your ignorant, self-absorbed guts.

    June 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Reply
    • John Bloggs

      @MDGirl...Madam, you sound very bitter....Is it wounded pride..? Is it the puncturing of an inflated Nigerian pride that ignores reality and prefers instead to hide its head in the sand? Your tendency to resort to cheap name calliing indicates and very wounded sense of national pride. Sorry madam, but the truth hurts.

      You ask 'what is meant by streams of refugees from Nigeria. Aren't you aware of Nigeria's waves of economic refugees blighting the four corners of the globe resulting in Nigerian women prostituting themselves in Spain, Italy, Portugal, U.K., USA, France, Belgium, Greece...the list is endless. Syndicate Nigerian gangs operate with impunity to lure innocent girls and traffic them from Nigerian villages with far-fetched promises and tales of education in Europe only for the girls to arrive and discover that they signed away their lives to brothel owners who impose huge amounts of revenue targets before they can ever have their freedom. Poor peasant farmer parents are promised that if they send their daugher to Europe to work as a maid for a Nigerian family, then their girl will recieve a European education and live a better life.The sad fact is that it is Ngerian women who run these brothels in Europe. Go to Novara in Italy and see what I mean.

      The men fare no better. If they could prostitute themselves, they could but they are resigned to drug dealing, pimping and iNigerian trademark internet scams.

      To say that the Nigerian government is making an effort to reduce human trafficking is patent nonsense and a lie in its most obscene form. Countless Nigerian women arrive in Europe to work as 'ashawo' – the local Nigerian term for prostitute.

      Yes, you are right, child abuse happens everywhere. But Nigeria is the worst offender when it comes to the systematic abuse of children as they are labelled witches, ostracised and thrown out of society, left to fend for themselves. In most caes, it is the parents themselves, who accuse their kids as witches or wizards, throw out their children and leave them to fend for themselves in ths streets.

      Although many Nigerians profess to be civilised and modern, Nigerian culture in many instances still remains primitive, backward and barbaric and many Nigerians are paralysed by a fear of witchcraft, hence the reason why they throw their children out in the streets at the slightest suspicion of witchcraft. The kids who are not so fortunate end up being trafficked to the major cities of Nigeria where they are kept under bondage of slavery as hired 'helps' Go to Oyingbo and see the 'abodes' these kids live in.

      Nigeria does not deserve to be in the Tier One league. It is a Tier Four nation. But being a nation where bribes are typically used to solve all manner of problems, Iget a feeling that someone must have been bribed to include Nigeria on the Tier One list.

      Have an nice day, and be an honest Nigerian....Its not that hard you

      June 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Reply
      • Kingsley

        If I may ask, Have you been to Nigeria? or if you have been to Nigeria, is it all parts? That's the same way most whites and there organizations go to the impoverished nations in Africa for goodwill and come out I say I did this in Africa instead of mentioning the particular country as if Africa is a country. Nigeria is rich and economically sound, and it is also developing rapidly and is not asking for help from the so-called white philanthropists. Nigeria economy is bigger than that of most European countries, south American countries, Asian countries and the Caribbean. Tell me which kind of natural resources cannot be found in Nigeria, that's why the greedy Whites men are flocking Nigeria looking for who to bribe to tap the resources. I admit the only problem Nigeria has is corruption and we are tackling it

        June 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • Napoleon Bonaparte

      In Nigeria, bribes settle a matter very quickly. Someone must have been bribed to list this corrupt nation as a Tier One country. Come on guys, how can Nigeria be in the same list as UK, USA, Sweden, Australia, etc?

      June 27, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Reply
      • Kingsley

        Because it is among the 40 largest economies in the world, if not for corrupt government officials would have been among the first 20. I agree there is corruption in Nigeria, but not sex trafficking, we rarely hear of it.

        June 28, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  64. Dixie

    Oh, I wish I was in the land of cotton, old times there are not forgotten,
    Look away, look away, look away, Dixie Land.
    In Dixie Land where I was born in, early on a frosty mornin',
    Look away, look away, look away, Dixie Land.

    Can i have reparations for the property lost 1865 ?

    June 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  65. Mizzy

    I have doubt about ANY U.S. government report about anything. The U.S. has over 300 million slaves to this administration and it's cronies. These slaves are called 'taxpayers'. STFU BHO!!!!

    June 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Reply
    • cnr

      Im sick of replying to people like you. Every country pays taxes! Of all time! If you'e gonna act like that the ad like 3 more tiers to every single country on this freaking map!

      June 27, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Reply
      • Mizzy

        and yet, you replied to me. hahahahaha. OWNED!!!

        June 27, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
  66. Service Member

    This wrong US Government is biggest slave driver of them all. US Military can't quit their job if they want. If they do the member goes to jail. That is slavery. US Needs a red star for that.

    June 27, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Reply
    • cnr

      If it were slavery they wouldn't be paid, not only during this CONTRACT THAT THEY SIGNED OF THEIR OWN WILL but they get paid AFTER while doing NO WORK at all. Think about it. The only slavery you guys can come up for the U.S. is the jobs these people picked of their own will.

      June 27, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  67. Dave Stachowiak

    For those who are interested in learning more about this report, you can find an even more detailed explanation on episode #5 of the Ending Human Trafficking podcast:

    June 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  68. Bill

    Hey Obama, see that? If you don't do anything to stop the desire for local businesses to use brown slave labor to pick cabbage and clean hotels, the US will impose sanctions on us.

    Maybe you should stop suing AZ and start following their example instead. Stop the abuse of illegal aliens.

    June 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  69. Informer

    Well is'nt this just quite a special map. It shows the United States of America and many of the Anglo-Western countries with the blue goody good map. These are the same countries that profited so much off of African American Slavery for centuries. Now they lead in the human slave trafficking of alimony every day a divorce court forces them into that horrible human rights crime. If the CNN so called "Freedom Project" is going to call out nations participating in slavery please help end the slavery of alimony in the United States of America. Alimony clearly violates the 13th Amendment of the US constitution. Since it's victims do not have a powerful political lobby and it generates so much revenue it is allowed to continue.

    June 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  70. i.c. dork

    how is Iceland in tier 2. idiocy

    June 27, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  71. sarunonakama

    Switzerland and Japan – tier 2? Below US. Columbia, Nigeria, Germany and Belgium?!??! Comical.
    The fools who compile this tripe need to get out from behind their desk and do some travelling.
    Europe may CLAIM to be doing the job and thereby sneak in Tier 1, but there's foreign trafficked sex slaves all over the place. Japan is full of them too. On the other hand, Switzerland could be Tier 0 compared to Belgium.
    Also, if the US were not largely surrounded by water you guys would not stand a chance.
    Which also prompts the question how do eastern european sex slaves get to Switzerland without bypassing a so-called Tier 1 nation? I suppose they all fly or parachute in.

    June 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Reply
    • schneider

      Absolutely agree. Everybody who has ever been in Hamburg or Berlin (Germany) knows the difference between Geneva or Bern (Switzerland)... Obviously, you'll find much more problematic cases in countries near the "sources".
      Btw. Parachuting in Switzerland is only allowed from 18 or from 16 with written agreement of parents.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:12 am | Reply
  72. Richie

    How do you psychologically control a slave?

    June 27, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  73. kjhkjh

    Oh.. we're only talking about Physical slavery.. the financial stuff is highlighted in blue... The best slave of all is the one who has no clue...

    June 27, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  74. XBanker

    Slave traficker ? Start with the banks that have made mules of 99% of the worlds population. You work for next to noithing and pay most of what you make to live.. think about it.

    June 27, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  75. Frank Delgado

    This list is a joke. I lived in the Czech Rep. for 3 years and their tier 1 ranking was not warranted. it was a joke. Now I live in Poland and their tier 1 ranking is a joke. I could call a cab and go to six brothels right now where half the girls are trafficked from russia, belarus, ukraine, romania or other nations. Israel is a horrid offender of sex slavery, giving no rights to the women who are sold as slaves and then treated as criminals because they don't have valid papers. What about the hundreds of thousands of Afghan civilians who are slaves to moronic US foreign policy. This list is complete political posturing by a country that has no right to lecture or judge other countries, if only because they are terrible at it and gitanic hypocrites. No truth or validity in half of these rankings. Don't believe it.

    June 27, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Reply
    • Democracy100

      Completely agree.

      June 27, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Reply
    • Sarah

      Point-on, unfortunately.

      June 27, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  76. bdizz

    These nations with slave problems should upgrade their links to a metal like steel, that way the slaves will no longer be escaping due to this weak links problem.

    June 27, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Reply
  77. Aman Singh

    There is slavery all over world. In rich countries, you may come across old men marrying young girls from south east asian and from eastern Europe countries. That is marriage in legal sense but still girl (bride) purchase.

    June 27, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Reply
  78. Rod C. Venger

    The idea that the US abolished slavery is nonsensical. We made it illegal is all, abolished it as an "institution", but the US still has it's slaves, many millions of them.

    June 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Reply
    • Edge

      Then why are so many people desperate to move to the US?

      June 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Reply
      • John Bloggs

        Err desperate......?

        June 27, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  79. Peace TV

    Soon most Americans will become either Indian or Chinese slaves. The rate at which they are stealing our jobs and our technologies will soon make us their slaves. Pick up the phone and call a 1-800 number of the big companies and in most cases you will hear an Indian. Wake up America. These soft spoken Indians and Chinese are not our well wishers. Not only they are taking our jobs and wealth to their countries, they have infiltrated key departments right in our own country as well. Half of NASA's staff in Indian and half of doctors in US are either Indians or Chinese and they try to lure Americans to go to India for medical treatment at cheaper prices. Obviously, with slave labor they can afford to sell any thing cheaper then what is Made in America where we put human dignity first. So wake up America!

    June 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Reply
    • Kalyan

      If half of NASA Scientists and Doctors in the US are Indians, could you perhaps agree that it is because of their dedication to education rather than slavery? Perhaps Americans should go to school and get those PHDs. Instead everyone here is queueing up to go into business, sales and management. Who is the first in school in Math? What do you think will be the end result?

      June 27, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  80. Annexian

    Where to go if you want a slave;-)

    Seriously, CNN, FLUSH this "Freedom" project garbage.

    Focus on the economies of the USA and Europe being bled dry by the globalist bankers. All this might do is make it slightly more difficult for Western males to buy a female s– slave, and IMO that's ALL you care about (versus slave labor and slave manufacturing and illegal immigrants). The globalist bankers just want to distract us as they make more of the world "Red" in many ways.

    June 27, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Reply
    • Lynn Robertson

      Annexian...where do you live? Go Google Human Trafficking where YOU live & see what pops up. You will be STUNNED!!

      June 27, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  81. Edge

    Notice that most of the red countries are Islamic.

    June 27, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  82. Edge

    Why do we continue to trade with China and buy their stuff when they aren't doing anything about slaves?

    June 27, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Reply
    • Alicia

      Because, unfortunately, they own us. Ever try to tell your landlord where to go?.

      June 27, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • oldboldgold

      I quit buying Chinese products a little over two months ago. I recommend it. Saving money, for sure... most of the stuff is junk and must be repurchased over and over... American execs must have exported that old saw "planned obsolescence" is all I can say.

      June 27, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  83. Alicia

    God knows each and every trafficker.....

    June 27, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      Yeah...he created them and is allowing them to do what their doing. If god were moral he would stop it...if I had the power I would. Does this make me more moral then god? I would say yes, but there is no god of the bible so it doesn't matter.

      June 27, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Reply
      • SupremeAmerican

        Hate to brake it to ya buddy. But God allows man to make his own decisions, he's perfectly moral, perfectly just, we are the ones with a problem. He's not going to unjustly impede on our freedom of action in this. U mad?

        June 27, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
  84. David Stone

    Amazing, Africa still the worst offender after centuries. If they hadn't sold their own people as they did slavery wouldn't have been what it was in the past. And they are still doing it!

    June 27, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      Ohh, but the blacks would have you believe that white people just took them.....even though your 100% right, enemy tribes sold their own people. Was it right to buy them? No, but if it weren't illegal and someone offered you free labor for a one time sounds good on the surface.

      June 27, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Reply
    • oldboldgold

      Not just enemy tribes, but leaders in their own tribes sold them... frequently family members. Slavery was an active trade in Africa long before whites picked up some slaves to take home with them. Of course, never mind that China bought slaves, too, but do not have a large black subpopulation because the Emperor decreed that they all be castrated before they hit the mainland. Noooo black children to sully the purity of the Chinese bloodline. Of course, neither the Africans or Chinese are embarrassed by their behavior... only white Americans! That is why we get so much grief about it. Good enough, I am ashamed we had slaves in this country. I'll take some guff for it, but I know there is the rest of the story...

      June 27, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  85. Chris

    Notice that 90+% of the country's in the blue are majorly white country's. Hmmm, you never hear blacks talking about the slavery by their own people still going on in Africa.

    June 27, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  86. oldboldgold

    Does Hillary Clinton realize how close Bill Clinton getting a blow job from an aide is to sex trafficking? Same song, second verse.

    June 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  87. westernite

    Canada was a Tier 2 last year and is only now a Tier 1, yet the U.S. was a Tier 1 last year and this year?? Once again the U.S. government paints the world in the colors it sees being sure not to run the brush over their own inadequacies. How about an independent report?

    June 27, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  88. Snowman

    It is funny to see an anti slavery report coming from one of the former leaders in slavery. Didn't Mississippi band slavery in the last 20 years?

    June 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Reply
    • Lynn Robertson

      It's 'funny"????? No my friend, Human Trafficking is NOT a funny subject. Nor was having Afican American as slaves back in....well...I think the law against THAT was made in 1835.

      June 27, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  89. Kalyan

    In the Unites States many immigrant workers on H1 visas are treated no better than slaves by their employers (shady consulting companies). Guest houses in New Jersey are often stuffed with 6-10 people and living at the beck and call of their employer for the "fear" of losing their immigrant status. Those working in Asian Massage Parlors are no better than slaves too.

    June 27, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  90. Democracy100

    At the first glance on the ranking, seems VERY BIASED report. Actually you see North Korea , Cuba Iran in tier 3 ranking which are countires with hostile attitude to US. Second you see many countries in Europe where Slavery is evident and widespread ranked in Tier 2. You would think this report was compiled by a sex mob or the US Foreign Policy Department.

    June 27, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  91. Olaf Big

    As often, politics gets in the way of common sense. How come North Korea is Tier 3? The country is tight like a can – no one gets in, no one gets out. How can any human trafficking take place under these conditions?

    June 27, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Reply
    • TC Williams

      Money talks.

      June 27, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  92. TC Williams

    We are all slaves...of the system.

    "None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    June 27, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  93. Lynn Robertson

    Where's the USA (my country) on this list? I KNOW we have Human Trafficking here. I really wanted to see if it's gotten better or worse.

    June 27, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  94. Moby49

    Boy lots of excuses why slavery is still in place. Sounds like the same arguments made in the west in the 1800s. The only way to get rid of slavery is to get rid of slavery. Apparently it is not legal anywhere so it is an enforcement problem. You need to make it happen in your country. Nobody else can help you with that. And btw, would you please put those sex tourists in one of your jail cells and throw away the key.

    June 27, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  95. UglyTruth

    Tel Aviv has been described as the brothel capital of the world.
    Israel should be Tier 3.

    The brothels are full of slaves for the orthodox jews.
    They may be taking some action but they have so many sex slaves.

    June 27, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Reply
  96. SirDavid

    I find it insulting that a nation built on slavery that neither compensated her slaves & heirs nor attended an international conference in regards to racism and its compensation due to former slaves, has the audacity to oversee & penalize other nations it suspects in trafficking.

    June 27, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Reply
    • Ravi

      interesting observation SirDavid...maybe the report is just a WMD's...:):)

      June 27, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  97. Rhonda

    You can see where the civilized countries of the world are.

    June 27, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Reply
    • John Bloggs

      Yes, and we can all see that they are certainly NOT in the West.

      June 27, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Reply
  98. Twal

    These are sad situations but there is a difference when the slavery one lives under is sanctioned by the an international system......and is very profitable to a select few.

    June 27, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Reply
  99. assannihilator

    I hear the Republican party supports slavery.

    June 27, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Reply
    • SupremeAmerican

      Funny considering during the civil war, all slave owners were registered democrats, and the union, along with Abraham lincoln, were republicans. So technically, the republicans freed the slaves. Does this make you mad? Are you going to come up with some sort of excuse out of shear denial now? U angry?

      June 27, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  100. Dave Smith

    Looks like slavery is still most prevalent in the place that invented it. You'd hope they'd be the first ones to get rid of it too...

    June 27, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  101. SupremeAmerican

    Notice all the Communist countries are in the orange or red. Just more proof that a free market is how you attain true and genuine human progress, this is a fact that causes the secular progressive communist lovers to throw a hissy fit.

    June 27, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  102. Don McLaughlin

    This is why prostitution should be legalized. It would take it out of the shadows and allow governmental regulation.

    June 27, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  103. Shadowcarver

    Human rights organizations, as well as political and social ones, are condemning what they are calling a new form of inhumane exploitation in the United States, where they say a prison population of up to 2 million – mostly Black and Hispanic – are working for various industries for a pittance. For the tycoons who have invested in the prison industry, it has been like finding a pot of gold. They don't have to worry about strikes or paying unemployment insurance, vacations or comp time. All of their workers are full-time, and never arrive late or are absent because of family problems; moreover, if they don't like the pay of 25 cents an hour and refuse to work, they are locked up in isolation cells.

    There are approximately 2 million inmates in state, federal and private prisons throughout the country. According to California Prison Focus, "no other society in human history has imprisoned so many of its own citizens." The figures show that the United States has locked up more people than any other country: a half million more than China, which has a population five times greater than the U.S. Statistics reveal that the United States holds 25% of the world's prison population, but only 5% of the world's people. From less than 300,000 inmates in 1972, the jail population grew to 2 million by the year 2000. In 1990 it was one million. Ten years ago there were only five private prisons in the country, with a population of 2,000 inmates; now, there are 100, with 62,000 inmates. It is expected that by the coming decade, the number will hit 360,000, according to reports.

    What has happened over the last 10 years? Why are there so many prisoners?

    "The private contracting of prisoners for work fosters incentives to lock people up. Prisons depend on this income. Corporate stockholders who make money off prisoners' work lobby for longer sentences, in order to expand their workforce. The system feeds itself," says a study by the Progressive Labor Party, which accuses the prison industry of being "an imitation of Nazi Germany with respect to forced slave labor and concentration camps."

    The prison industry complex is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States and its investors are on Wall Street. "This multimillion-dollar industry has its own trade exhibitions, conventions, websites, and mail-order/Internet catalogs. It also has direct advertising campaigns, architecture companies, construction companies, investment houses on Wall Street, plumbing supply companies, food supply companies, armed security, and padded cells in a large variety of colors."

    According to the Left Business Observer, the federal prison industry produces 100% of all military helmets, ammunition belts, bullet-proof vests, ID tags, shirts, pants, tents, bags, and canteens. Along with war supplies, prison workers supply 98% of the entire market for equipment assembly services; 93% of paints and paintbrushes; 92% of stove assembly; 46% of body armor; 36% of home appliances; 30% of headphones/microphones/speakers; and 21% of office furniture. Airplane parts, medical supplies, and much more: prisoners are even raising seeing-eye dogs for blind people.


    According to reports by human rights organizations, these are the factors that increase the profit potential for those who invest in the prison industry complex:

    . Jailing persons convicted of non-violent crimes, and long prison sentences for possession of microscopic quantities of illegal drugs. Federal law stipulates five years' imprisonment without possibility of parole for possession of 5 grams of crack or 3.5 ounces of heroin, and 10 years for possession of less than 2 ounces of rock-cocaine or crack. A sentence of 5 years for cocaine powder requires possession of 500 grams – 100 times more than the quantity of rock cocaine for the same sentence. Most of those who use cocaine powder are white, middle-class or rich people, while mostly Blacks and Latinos use rock cocaine. In Texas, a person may be sentenced for up to two years' imprisonment for possessing 4 ounces of marijuana. Here in New York, the 1973 Nelson Rockefeller anti-drug law provides for a mandatory prison sentence of 15 years to life for possession of 4 ounces of any illegal drug.

    . The passage in 13 states of the "three strikes" laws (life in prison after being convicted of three felonies), made it necessary to build 20 new federal prisons. One of the most disturbing cases resulting from this measure was that of a prisoner who for stealing a car and two bicycles received three 25-year sentences.

    . Longer sentences.

    . The passage of laws that require minimum sentencing, without regard for circumstances.

    . A large expansion of work by prisoners creating profits that motivate the incarceration of more people for longer periods of time.

    . More punishment of prisoners, so as to lengthen their sentences.


    Prison labor has its roots in slavery. After the 1861-1865 Civil War, a system of "hiring out prisoners" was introduced in order to continue the slavery tradition. Freed slaves were charged with not carrying out their sharecropping commitments (cultivating someone else's land in exchange for part of the harvest) or petty thievery – which were almost never proven – and were then "hired out" for cotton picking, working in mines and building railroads. From 1870 until 1910 in the state of Georgia, 88% of hired-out convicts were Black. In Alabama, 93% of "hired-out" miners were Black. In Mississippi, a huge prison farm similar to the old slave plantations replaced the system of hiring out convicts. The notorious Parchman plantation existed until 1972.

    During the post-Civil War period, Jim Crow racial segregation laws were imposed on every state, with legal segregation in schools, housing, marriages and many other aspects of daily life. "Today, a new set of markedly racist laws is imposing slave labor and sweatshops on the criminal justice system, now known as the prison industry complex," comments the Left Business Observer.

    Who is investing? At least 37 states have legalized the contracting of prison labor by private corporations that mount their operations inside state prisons. The list of such companies contains the cream of U.S. corporate society: IBM, Boeing, Motorola, Microsoft, AT&T, Wireless, Texas Instrument, Dell, Compaq, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, Nortel, Lucent Technologies, 3Com, Intel, Northern Telecom, TWA, Nordstrom's, Revlon, Macy's, Pierre Cardin, Target Stores, and many more. All of these businesses are excited about the economic boom generation by prison labor. Just between 1980 and 1994, profits went up from $392 million to $1.31 billion. Inmates in state penitentiaries generally receive the minimum wage for their work, but not all; in Colorado, they get about $2 per hour, well under the minimum. And in privately-run prisons, they receive as little as 17 cents per hour for a maximum of six hours a day, the equivalent of $20 per month. The highest-paying private prison is CCA in Tennessee, where prisoners receive 50 cents per hour for what they call "highly skilled positions." At those rates, it is no surprise that inmates find the pay in federal prisons to be very generous. There, they can earn $1.25 an hour and work eight hours a day, and sometimes overtime. They can send home $200-$300 per month.

    Thanks to prison labor, the United States is once again an attractive location for investment in work that was designed for Third World labor markets. A company that operated a maquiladora (assembly plant in Mexico near the border) closed down its operations there and relocated to San Quentin State Prison in California. In Texas, a factory fired its 150 workers and contracted the services of prisoner-workers from the private Lockhart Texas prison, where circuit boards are assembled for companies like IBM and Compaq.

    [Former] Oregon State Representative Kevin Mannix recently urged Nike to cut its production in Indonesia and bring it to his state, telling the shoe manufacturer that "there won't be any transportation costs; we're offering you competitive prison labor (here)."


    The prison privatization boom began in the 1980s, under the governments of Ronald Reagan and Bush Sr., but reached its height in 1990 under William Clinton, when Wall Street stocks were selling like hotcakes. Clinton's program for cutting the federal workforce resulted in the Justice Departments contracting of private prison corporations for the incarceration of undocumented workers and high-security inmates.

    Private prisons are the biggest business in the prison industry complex. About 18 corporations guard 10,000 prisoners in 27 states. The two largest are Correctional Corporation of America (CCA) and Wackenhut, which together control 75%. Private prisons receive a guaranteed amount of money for each prisoner, independent of what it costs to maintain each one. According to Russell Boraas, a private prison administrator in Virginia, "the secret to low operating costs is having a minimal number of guards for the maximum number of prisoners." The CCA has an ultra-modern prison in Lawrenceville, Virginia, where five guards on dayshift and two at night watch over 750 prisoners. In these prisons, inmates may get their sentences reduced for "good behavior," but for any infraction, they get 30 days added – which means more profits for CCA. According to a study of New Mexico prisons, it was found that CCA inmates lost "good behavior time" at a rate eight times higher than those in state prisons.


    Profits are so good that now there is a new business: importing inmates with long sentences, meaning the worst criminals. When a federal judge ruled that overcrowding in Texas prisons was cruel and unusual punishment, the CCA signed contracts with sheriffs in poor counties to build and run new jails and share the profits. According to a December 1998 Atlantic Monthly magazine article, this program was backed by investors from Merrill-Lynch, Shearson-Lehman, American Express and Allstate, and the operation was scattered all over rural Texas. That state's governor, Ann Richards, followed the example of Mario Cuomo in New York and built so many state prisons that the market became flooded, cutting into private prison profits.

    After a law signed by Clinton in 1996 – ending court supervision and decisions – caused overcrowding and violent, unsafe conditions in federal prisons, private prison corporations in Texas began to contact other states whose prisons were overcrowded, offering "rent-a-cell" services in the CCA prisons located in small towns in Texas. The commission for a rent-a-cell salesman is $2.50 to $5.50 per day per bed. The county gets $1.50 for each prisoner.


    Ninety-seven percent of 125,000 federal inmates have been convicted of non-violent crimes. It is believed that more than half of the 623,000 inmates in municipal or county jails are innocent of the crimes they are accused of. Of these, the majority are awaiting trial. Two-thirds of the one million state prisoners have committed non-violent offenses. Sixteen percent of the country's 2 million prisoners suffer from mental illness.

    June 27, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  104. Britney Kauffman

    Once again, Africa leads to world in being the most miserable place on Earth. Must be something about the people there...

    June 27, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Reply
    • John Bloggs

      Funny but I've seen more sad, really dejected and broken people in the USA and many European countries...really funny how most of us in the West think everyone else who's not in the USA or Europe must be sorry. How sorry and sad!!

      June 27, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Reply
      • Lynn Robertson

        John, John, John...SERIOUSLY????? We in the US lost that status a long time ago. How have you missed what the rest of the world now says about us? We have many, many problems that we need to work on. One of which is.....HUMAN TRAFFICKING. Google YOUR state plus Human Trafficking & see what comes up.

        June 27, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
    • Kingsley

      At-least their IQ is much more higher than that of those in USA, they are more intelligent and brilliant. Point of Correction Africa is not a country, if you want to make a point mention the countries if you know them. Not all countries in Africa are impoverished or lagging behind.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Reply
      • Pounded Yam

        Nigerian with all its wealth is trailing behind. For a country that has crude oil, its a shame to be importing petroleum and diesel. But seriously, Nigeria is lagging behind most of Africa, it has a lot of hard work to do in orde to catch up.

        June 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  105. dav

    It's sad to watch intelligent people devise a sophisticated, multi-tiered schema for what is essentially, a scumbag. Lets call this what it is. The countries where scumbags live are not places to emulate or allow immigration from. They live on the other end of the decency spectrum, stop trying to figure it out. This is a waste of sonebody's money.

    June 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  106. Earth

    Forced prostitution by CIA in Afghanistan which falls under state department_ hypocrisy at the highest level. Little girls as young as 10 are forced by CIA, Karzai and northern alliance guys who work for us Also wasn’t Monica Lewinsky forced to ???????_ our government is truly losing it!

    June 27, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  107. dontcomplain69

    we need slavery

    otherwise we would pay a fortune for everyday things

    i say deal with it

    June 27, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  108. someoneelse

    All North Americans are slave owners, we just don't realize it, or for many, just don't care as long as we can buy 'stuff' to pretend we are happy.

    June 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  109. Informer

    Well-said Shadowcarver. I know someone who works in the prison building business. Please do not forget the forced slavery in the form of alimony by what I call the Judicial Industrial Complex. You are thrown in prison for contempt of court if you do not comply with the slavery. Once again, putting a non-violent person in prison for not committing a crime at all. The slavery business is a multi-multi-billion dollar business in the United States today. The irony is that we have an African American president today. Why can the news media ask a sitting president if he had a blowjob (which is totally irrelevent) but they cannot ask a sitting president, who happens to be African American to explain the constitutionality of Alimony-and he happens to have taught constitutional law at Harvard Law School.

    June 27, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Reply
  110. Jamie Waddell

    I'm surprised India is not a 3 teir country, a shocking example of slavery. During the building of the Commonwealth Games stadiums children and heavily pregnant women could be seen working and living in building sites. India makes market out of Nepal children!

    Oh and lets not forget the culture of slavery in the Arab world where they see it as normal and a right but America will still be gentle with Saudi because of the oil!

    June 27, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Reply
  111. Shahzad Anwar

    Report is a joke, countries where CNN needs business are obliterated from report such as India, China.

    June 27, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Reply
    • dr. daneeka

      Read it again- it clearly mentions China and India in paragraph 10.

      June 27, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Reply
  112. Lynn Robertson

    Informer...Oh My God!! Are you seriously comparing paying alimony to forcing 6 year old children to have sex???? Your complaint does NOT belong on this site. Hey, my son had to pay a whole LOT of child support for his two kids (before he died), and it was unfair. But I would NEVER dream of comparing that to Human sex slaves. There MUST be sites that address your issue...PLEASE go find one.

    June 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Reply
    • Informer

      No, I would never compare anything that is not slavery to slavery. There is no need to compare because Alimony, clearly violates the 13th amendment of the United States Constitution and it definitely IS slavery. I did not say child support. Every human has an obligation to take care of their biological children. But no human has any obligation to be forced to work for another adult human. Humans are not supposed to own other humans–even if it means women owning men as slaves. Everyone wants to exempt their slavery and blame the other country. Please, lets end all forced free labor. If a person wants things out of life please work for your own and do not enslave others, even if billions of free labor dollars will be lost.

      June 27, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Reply
  113. craig

    This list is a joke...if you're not a puppet for US interests you're on the lower tiers

    June 27, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Reply
  114. Chanakya

    I am sure most of the slaves in india are from rural parts and are mainly working for the corrupt politicians. These same politicians use them to further their own needs

    June 27, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Reply
  115. Nick

    I find it hard to believe Italy is a Tier 1 country...

    June 27, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Reply
  116. Activist

    This is a clearly biased report that paints US allies such as Georgia, Colombia and South Korea as "safe" even though they have serious slavery and human trafficking problems, and brands "hostile" nations such as Venezuela and Cuba as slavery-prone although they do not have slavery concerns any more serious than the aforementioned US "allies". This is exactly why no self-respecting human rights NGO takes US State Department reports seriously.

    June 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Reply
  117. johnny orlando

    Glad to see Africa never stopped

    June 27, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Reply
  118. Reg

    Blue-Tier-1 countries have outsourced their slavery. They've banned slavery inside their countries, so they outsource unethical slave labor, services, etc. to "tier two watch" or "tier 3" countries. This "trade" with other rogue nations like China is in fact aiding & abetting slavery. Thus blue-T1 countries shown with "clean" hands are actually not so clean. The report is therefore giving a false sense of self-accomplishment and a complacency to US and "allies" from a truly world-interactive-view. The "demander" is equally guilty as the "supplier".

    June 27, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Reply
    • Supervisor

      Yes, I agree, it's like the rich feudal lords that keep their own hands clean,and use the power of their money to get their own dirty deeds done by the desperate poor people. This cross-border cause of slavery makes the "Tier 1" countries look cleaner than the are, and the lower Tiers more guilty than they are.

      June 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Reply
  119. YO

    its all the western countries controlled by white people that dont have slavery

    June 27, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Reply
    • Supervisor

      The Head of the Mafia is rich wears clean clothes, because he's the one on the receiving end of the global slavery.

      June 27, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Reply
    • Reg

      They keep the slaves outside the mansions (rich countries), and let them stay in the dog houses (poor countries). Through shipping and transport, they enjoy and control the fruits of slavery.

      June 27, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Reply
      • YO

        the leaders of the slave countries allow it. western leaders dont allow it in our countries. the slave countries in the middle east and africa choose to allow it not the white man

        June 27, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
      • Reg

        Yo it is the leaders of every country that allows it by outsourcing labor and "services" there. The buyer is as much a criminal as the supplier. You gotta see the end of the chain, the real profiteers of al lthis slavery..It is they who are the guilty ones. Next time you buy something made in China, think about it.

        June 27, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  120. Gregory K. Soderberg

    There is harsh, easily recognized slavery. There is a less easily recognized Slavery called Economic servitude. Forcing Americans and the World to borrow to have a medium of exchange is slavery. America has the lawful authority to create money. Why does it borrow? Would you ever borrow, be lacking for money or be in debt if you could create money?

    Over 80 years, special interests lobbied, changing the nature of our medium-of-exchange from a free peoples’ debt-free evidence of wealth to unpayable interest-bearing debts.

    You, our leadership, everyone must realize that all money is now created as loans. There must be debt, lots of it and growing or there is no medium of exchange. There is nothing to pay the debt with except another loan. The change to debt has forced Americans and their nation into economic servitude.

    The simple solution is not to be found in fiscal, budgetary or tax policy but in monetary policy. You and I must demand monetary policy from our leadership that promotes the general welfare in opposition to one that benefits just 10% of the people!

    Money must represent production not debt. Numbers (what we use for money) must no longer be created by private business then lent into circulation for their personal profit but spent into circulation debt-free as an earned payment as provided by MN House File 610 and Senate File 65.

    The ‘freedom’ so many fought and died for cannot last without economic freedom. Debt- based money creates servitude. Wealth-based money creates economic freedom.

    June 27, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Reply
    • Reg

      That's why Gandhi said poverty is the worst violence. The economic servitude is not an accident, it is exactly what the "leaders" intended. It is an abuse of financial power, and keeps people in perpetual cycle of servitude...all across the globe.

      June 27, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Reply
  121. Lost

    I am a US citizen, and I'm enslaved by debt, social status, and credit score stigma.

    June 27, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Reply
    • Lynn Robertson picked the perfect name. Because you ARE indeed lost if you can truly compare YOUR circumstances to that of a 10 year old girl being repeated raped nightly. That comment about made me throw up. You have money probs?? Yeah, don't we all. I also had a son die, as I watched, blood poured out of his eyes, nose, ears & mouth. I can post ALL my probs here. But THIS IS ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING. Go complain to your friends & wallow in your self pity somewhere else.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:42 am | Reply
      • Supervisor

        Lynn, you don't get it. Poverty/huge debt and such personal problems, which may or may not be your own fault, causes people to get desperate enough to turn to human traffickers that give them the false promise of high-paying jobs. This way they lure folks in, and the very trafficking starts. It's more complex than simply blaming the trafficker, it is an entire financial system that causes and incites it. Most girls and boys went under the promise of honorable paying jobs, when they fell into the trap of (sexual) slavery or forced labor. If they resist ofte they get tortured and killed. Nobody even knows about thes "missing persons", as there bodies are even made to dissappear in untraceable ways. This is all due to the power of money in wrong hands.

        June 28, 2011 at 7:44 am |
  122. Supervisor

    T1 rich countriy governments are the buyers, T2/T3 poor country governments are the pimps. They both profit from slavery, and cause the suffering. So this little painting exercise, blue, red, yellow, orange is meaningless. The guilt is shared and cross-border international. While US seeks to sanction rogue regimes, many other T1 nations do not.

    June 28, 2011 at 12:01 am | Reply
  123. ajz

    NOT TRUE, usa should be at the top remember debt=slavery and debt is something usa is very good at it, if not ask why you have to give 40+ hours a week of your time everyweek.

    June 28, 2011 at 12:02 am | Reply
  124. Jojo

    As long as there are tier 1 dollars buying bottom tier slaves, this will forever be part of our world society. Top tier countries... what a joke!

    June 28, 2011 at 12:20 am | Reply
  125. Tollman

    Interesting. How many "blue" countries are Christian, and how many "red" countries are Muslim?

    June 28, 2011 at 12:32 am | Reply
  126. Jhart

    Im disgusted by some of the comments posted on here. Think about the child who has no idea where they are, who they are, and is being raped or tortured right at this moment. Young women, men, and children disappearing every day lost to a world of horrific crimes. Everything is not a racist issue. Sorry to dissapoint! Those of you who try to pull the race card should be ashamed of yourselves. This is an issue of humanity. Not history. Not color. Not country. I certainly hope that for the people leaving comments of pure ignorance, never have a loved one go missing.

    June 28, 2011 at 1:20 am | Reply
    • Fuzzy Logic

      This man types wisdom.....

      June 28, 2011 at 2:08 am | Reply
  127. Fazlo

    Slaves= Muslims, Slavers=christians. No christian = a free world!

    June 28, 2011 at 1:30 am | Reply
    • Fuzzy Logic

      This faulty logic is why the Muslim world has slipped to last place......

      June 28, 2011 at 2:07 am | Reply
  128. Trueman

    End Slavery in America first, give amnesty and a path to citizenship to undocumented immigrants living in the US. Give them their freedom within the system, don't be afraid to compete with them in a fair ground and build a better united nation. Don't use the "nation of laws" argument to defeat the "nation of values" and to keep them victims of the corporate America who exploits them with a double speech and standard of values, stop separating families, keeping people in the dark fearful of coming to light. Read the basis of the American Declaration of Independence, the true values of America in defense of the universal right of each individual inland and overseas to pursuit happiness and freedom in equality are imprinted with the handwriting of the forefathers of the nation. Stop the hate, the discrimination and the double speech.

    June 28, 2011 at 2:15 am | Reply
    • Diplomad

      Unlike slaves, "undocumented aliens, " i.e., illegal intruders, are free to leave and return to their own wonderful countries.

      June 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  129. PathRifter

    Let's not forget the other salves: Us. You. Me, everyone you know and love. We are all slaves.
    Slaves to debt, slaves to consumerism, slaves to a perpetual debt that we must work our entire lives to even think of paying off, only to have it grow beyond our control so that we are kept working forever.

    The wage slaves of America. Those who are born into the country already owing their 30k+ share of the national debt. Then they want something so simple, so basic, so common as an education or roof over your heads. There goes a 30+ year mortgage. There goes 20+ year student loans. You are now working for the rest of your life, NOT to enjoy it, or to seek happiness, but as a Wage Slave, forever cranking the cogs of this machine so that you can pay off all those debts by the time you're 60.

    And then, as you think of retiring on the Social Security you have built up, you find that the government has stolen and spent it all. All of that money that they took from you, without consent, and gave you false promises of it being returned only to hand you a fraction of a fraction without a hint of remorse in their eyes. And as you lay there, with your college degree that never earned you that related career, hanging on the wall of that house you spent 50 years to pay off and keep clean so that you may die inside look to your grandchildren, wishing them a better future than the one you had yourself, only to see them signing away on a student loan that is double what you had, and accepting a mortgage even higher than the one you took.

    And you realize, nothing has changed, and no one has cared, and you have done nothing but bred and raised your own replacement slave.
    And then you die.

    June 28, 2011 at 2:53 am | Reply
    • SSD

      You beautifully captured the irony of modern day / developed world (blue coloured) slavery....

      June 28, 2011 at 3:22 am | Reply
    • Lynn Robertson

      PathRifter, I simply can't compare a ten year old girl getting raped repeatedly, every night, to the fact that you go to work & have a 30 year mortgage on your house. That, my friend, is life, you are not a Human Trafficked victim. I also (and frankly I'm not all that "educated") can believe that there ARE good, AND bad, people EVERYWHERE. Some I would love, some would make me sick. Just like I see here, in the US. You did get one thing correct: we DO have a Human Trafficking problem here & those that think we don't are selfish dreamers, too wrapped up in themselves, to be able to accept this fact.

      June 28, 2011 at 3:23 am | Reply
    • Supervisor

      Poverty/huge debt and such personal problems, which may or may not be your own fault, causes people to get desperate enough to turn to human traffickers that give them the false promise of high-paying jobs. This way they lure folks in, and the very trafficking starts. It's more complex than simply blaming the trafficker, it is an entire financial system that causes and incites it. Most girls and boys went under the promise of honorable paying jobs, when they fell into the trap of (sexual) slavery or forced labor. If they resist often they get tortured and killed. Nobody even knows about these "missing persons", as there bodies are even made to disappear in untraceable ways. This is all due to the power of money in wrong hands.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:47 am | Reply
  130. Benmckary

    While I appreciate the great job Hillary Clinton and other activists especially Americans are doing in respect of modern day slavery, one issue with most Americans in dealing with other countries, is always as if America is the best, and has no blemish. America is the most violent country on earth as it consistent first roll on homicide list shows. Violent against women, rape and domestic assault or battery is high in America.Sex slaves abound in the bondage of American pimps...see CNN, etc. for more. In short, it's hard for most Americans to even think or believe people in other countries, especially of Africa or Asia, even Middle East look, live or enjoy like them. The educated are not different in this ethnocentric mannerism. While I blame the media (text books, novels, newspapers, TV, etc) for the most part in the manner at which Americans close their minds about the facts of other peoples around the world, I should also blame the people for failing to research things for themselves. Communications technology today (Internet, etc) makes easy research and more. To an American-born (or most of them for instance), once a non American-born doesn't speak like them, it's automatically assumed ignorantly that such person don't understand English, which is, of course, a colonial language even to America due to British colonization. Most went through college without knowing the real meaning of accent. When they say you've accent, and you say yes, but they also have accent to you (even black and white have different accent-also different regions speaks slightly differently), the answer will mostly be no, I've no accent because they ignorantly believe American slang-accent is the best. Yet, more than 40 million are illiterates who can't read or write, not to mention millions of the educated illiterates who went through schools and may not one day check the dictionary for real words. Any word not on the computer (as though the device input itself) is no word to some if not most Americans. Americans scorn other nation-states for poverty (true most are poor, caused by American, Western exploitation and leadership greed and incompetence in such countries especially Africa's). Less is focused on more than 50 million Americans who are poor, not to mention the unhealthy (obesity) and more. Please, Clinton, etc., look inward while you work to assist others.

    June 28, 2011 at 3:10 am | Reply
  131. I am

    Why don´t you check the temporary foreing worker program in Canada and how people is trade without their knowledge?

    June 28, 2011 at 3:23 am | Reply
  132. Erik the Red

    And Greenland's slave problem gets brushed aside as usual.

    June 28, 2011 at 3:25 am | Reply
  133. SSD


    Since when has the world accepted this new world map?
    It shows the whole of Kashmir as part of Pakistan. India should widely oppose this. Especially when people like CNN use this to depict the false picture to the world.

    As an INDIAN, I demand the map be corrected.

    This is the correct map:

    June 28, 2011 at 4:01 am | Reply
    • Supervisor

      These things incite war, and help the tier 1 country to remain rich. They simply cause slavery of sorts in other countries, so they can remain rich, and purchase things/goods from outsourced slavery. Why you think so many east European sex slaves go to rich countries, and so many things are cheaply made in China. Tier 1 coutnry are the masterminds of the global slavery trade, thorugh social economic and foreign policies. this report only looks at domestic politics, and does not give genuine picture of the world.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:51 am | Reply
  134. Luffy

    Interesting for a country that regularly tops global livability and economic lists Switzerland is a 2nd tier nation..

    June 28, 2011 at 6:16 am | Reply
  135. mailinutile2

    Switzerland in the list of countries to be observed for slavery?!?
    Who the heck had drawn such an idiot thing?

    June 28, 2011 at 6:36 am | Reply
    • RobGee81

      it's because prostitution is in theory allowed from age 16 in Switzerland, not age 18.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:15 am | Reply
  136. nick

    does this organization base thier info on pop. of a country and individual acounts... if so wouldn't we be considered a "tier 2" country because there's alot of "forced servitude" be it sexual or labor related in our country... i meen if you take inner city gangs for example they have protestitutes would that count? i suppose i don't fully understand why we are the standard in anti human trafficing that seems like something the un should control.. although i could see not a whole lot of countries would care to stop it but as far as our efforts go it doesn't seem like we have any better of a time than any other country which is the reason i asked if pop. is taken into play

    June 28, 2011 at 7:22 am | Reply
  137. nick

    and i would imagine that in some countries "slave" labor is thier greates asset maybe they should make a union if there are so many lol im an idiot but more so clinton im glad you arent president you clearly need to get your cadiracs removed and see the world clearly as an ever changing entity that you have little control over... you think china really cares what we think about them NO this isnt a sewing circle and no one cares to hear your gossip

    June 28, 2011 at 7:37 am | Reply
  138. nick

    in conclusion labling doesn't automaticlly put these atrocities into light and niether do sanctions im gettin sick of america playing world police

    June 28, 2011 at 7:41 am | Reply
  139. Incredulous

    This report is a joke. The US awards itself a Tier-1? Oh sure. 2 teenage girls coerced into prostitution in the US were treated not as trafficking victims but were arrested and prosecuted, instead of being protected. We don't need to talk about the serious problems the US has with illegal immigrants. Many are trafficked by well-organised criminal gangs which seem to operate with impunity.

    Why don't we redo this "study" using an independent body to apply objective and transparent standards. Oh that's right, there are no independent international bodies anymore when the US is involved.

    What a load of nonsense. Would be nice to have the media do some actual reporting instead of regurgitating propaganda.

    June 28, 2011 at 8:13 am | Reply
    • Vladimir

      Only a stupid person would think the Czech Republic or the U.S., or any western country has slavery. Grow up, words mean things. The very fact immigrant risk their lives to come to the U.S or the West speaks for itself. Slaves run away from slavery. Read up about the Underground Railroad, it will tell you what slavery was/is all about.

      June 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  140. LN

    its for the first time i have ever read anything positive mentioned about nigeria and yet a lot of drug dealers or traffickers (worldwide) are nigerian, how is that posibble? i think this is junk research or institution or who ever came up with this k@k

    June 28, 2011 at 8:34 am | Reply
  141. Cyril Ibrkus

    Please help us. Czech republic comming to new totality.

    June 28, 2011 at 8:53 am | Reply
  142. LN

    again this is another us hipocracy,mexico is shown as doing very little, are u kidding me? mexico is loosing men and women in uniform everyday perpetuated by the yankees apertite for drugs and yet the good old america is show as safe or doing its best hahahaha very funny long live USA LOL

    June 28, 2011 at 8:54 am | Reply
  143. MB

    As always, The almighty, moral, U.S. looking at other countries problems but their own and you wonder why we're the most hated? Not because of our democracy, but our nose up in the air hypocrisy....Typical U.S. B/S!!!

    June 28, 2011 at 9:39 am | Reply
    • dbridge

      Yes, yes. The US government is evil. Even when they are pushing for all countries (even tier 1 countries like itself) to take steps to reduce global slavery and sex trafficing.

      Maybe the US is the most hated country. But I doubt it is because of its anti-slavery stance.

      June 28, 2011 at 10:25 am | Reply
      • Incredulous

        I'm all for pushing against slavery and sex trafficking but let's use the same standards for everyone. Raking itself as Tier-1 and other 'less powerful" nations at lower tiers makes a mockery of this whole exercise and destroys the credibility of this report.

        June 28, 2011 at 10:45 am |
      • jose

        So because the US is powerful it should lower its own ranking?

        Theres a fair amount of hate there.

        June 28, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • dbridge

      Why do you think different standards were used? You assume that the US simply put itself as tier 1 on an arbitrary basis. Should the US have put itself as tier 2 or 3, even if the data indicated otherwise? Is that how you add credibility to a report?

      The standards were the same for everyone. It was also made clear that even tier 1 countries still have a lot of improvements to make. For the most part, the powerful countries of the world made it into tier 1 because they have more resources and stronger governments (less corrupt) to fight these kinds of problems. That is an unfortunate reality.

      The rankings are mostly based on efforts made by a governement to combat the problem. The fact is, the US has laws in place, federal agencies to enforce the laws, and even went as far as to come up with a 3 tiered ranking of all the countries in the world, and will even impose sanctions on countries that don't make changes to improve anti-slavery efforts. I say that meets a minumum – worthy of putting the US in the same tier as Bosnia, Columbia and Nigeria.

      There is still improvement to be made in the US, and every single country of the world. But let's not call this whole report a mockery because the US believes it is amongst the top 30 or so countries when it comes to anti-slavery efforts. It doesn't say the US is perfect or #1. I don't think top 30 is that much of a stretch for the US.

      June 28, 2011 at 11:10 am | Reply
  144. jose

    how the hell is switzerland not in the highest category.. Now im curious what they are doing wrong.

    June 28, 2011 at 10:27 am | Reply
  145. nikki

    I find it so disappointing that people are arguing over who should be in which Tier category. This should not be the focus when discussing this article. Yes, many of the conspiracy theories involving the politics of the US and its allies and enemies may be true. However, a major problem has come to the forefront for the world to acknowledge and change. Expressing the thoughts in your head does not change a thing. 'Actions speaks louder than words.' So, I am going to try to ensure that my community is not part of this statistic. What are you going to do?

    June 28, 2011 at 11:01 am | Reply
  146. MB

    Will not spend a single cent in any country on Tier 3 or Tier 2 Watch – my solemn vow

    June 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  147. Diplomad

    Folks, do not take this report too seriously.

    As someone who has worked many years in the State Department, I can tell you this report (and the human rights reports) are seriously compromised by political correctness and ever changing standards responding to the political fashion of the day. This report became absurd when the State Department declared prostitution a form of trafficking and slavery, regardless of whether the women were actually trafficked or forced into prostitution. That greatly exaggerates the numbers and the "crisis" and provides work and grants to endless numbers of bureaucrats and NGOs out to "solve" a problem that can never be solved.

    June 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  148. Annexian

    Hey! They list Israel as Tier 2 and not watch list...

    It's common knowledge that Israel has HIGH levels of at least s- slavery, women trafficked as entertainment. They have streets covered in used rubbers... The police, to their defense, say they have tons of OTHER issues to deal with.

    By the standards these man hating moralists set they should be tier 3. Now Saudi Arabia uses robot camel jockeys versus real little African boys (have any had trouble they can't r- the robots?) but they are still Tier 3. But then again Saudi Arabians don't own the media.

    "The Juwes are the ones what always got away with it!" – anon graffiti from the London Whitechapel region to an unsolved murder case.

    June 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  149. capnmike

    Kinda figures that the only 2 countries in the entire Western Hemisphere that are Tier 3 are Venezuela and Cuba...Two countries run by communist dictators who don't give a rat's patoot about human rights.

    June 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  150. gemela

    Having too many children that you cannot afford to feed in a family is big reason for slavery ..... I love children but it is a crime if you bring them into the world just to suffer. It very unfair ....

    June 28, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  151. chinedu

    People don't know what slavery is, if u have seen it or lived it than u will know.

    June 28, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  152. daliya robson

    We need to expose the people buying the slaves and list their names and countries.

    June 28, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  153. Mr. Dewhumphry Teetso

    Do sanctions do anything? We sanctioned North Korea. That did what? It empowered them enough to shoot a missile in broad daylight.

    June 28, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  154. fsdsdffsddssdkijiji

    what about those shriners enslaving animals for their stupid circus? why don't those fat old men perform in the three rings? or those pseudo tough guys in the rodeos?

    June 29, 2011 at 1:16 am | Reply
  155. Shubs

    @Cdogg: "India is no longer on the watch list? They have laws that allow slavery."

    Wow...just wow! And you're allowed to operate a computer?

    June 29, 2011 at 9:18 am | Reply
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