2019 U.S. TIP Report


The U.S. Department of State released its 2019 Trafficking in Persons Persons Report. The annual report ranks countries based on their efforts to address human trafficking and provides recommendations for how to improve. Remember when we mentioned the Palermo Protocols? Agreements like these provide a framework to address and compare governments’ responses around the world to the crime of human trafficking. The TIP report references that, according to the Protocol, three things are needed to prove the crime of human trafficking — “the trafficker’s action, the means of force, fraud or coercion, and the purpose of exploitation.” It goes on to reiterate that trafficking does not mean that someone has been moved across a border.

This year, Thailand remained a Tier 2 country. Here are some facts from the report that covers 2018:

  • The Thai government investigated 304 cases of trafficking.

  • There were 438 prosecutions of potential traffickers with 316 convictions.

  • The government identified 631 victims of trafficking.

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