A More Perfect Union: the TIP Report

Secretary Clinton Announces Release of 2010 TIP Report – photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of State

The 2010 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report was released yesterday – the tenth report of its kind. The comprehensive, global report is a resource for groups working to combat trafficking, from American suburbs to African villages.

The report included the United States for the first time, which was long overdue. USA received a top ranking for combating human trafficking – although top ranking means that there still is trafficking, and thus more work to be done.

Each section of the report outlines the ways countries have successfully fought and deterred trafficking, as well as ways in which they could each improve. The United States, for example, has done well in setting up laws against the trafficking of human beings and has improved law enforcement training in the last year. We have room to improve in the areas of victim care in particular, among other things.

For anyone interested in learning more about human trafficking, you can find the report here. It is long, but divided into sections to make it easier to navigate. Consider looking at it before you travel to a new country, and definitely read up about your own homeland’s fight to abolish slavery.

On a different note, I saw this image yesterday and could not get it off my mind. It is called “Nomad Prayer.” The description on Wikimedia Commons reads:

A nomad prayer on a desert in Africa. The photo probably taken by Kazimierz Nowak (1897-1937) during his trip through Africa – a Polish traveller, correspondent and photographer. Probably the first man in the world who crossed Africa alone from the North to the South and from the South to the North (from 1931 to 1936; on foot, by bicycle and canoe).

So we know a good deal about the photographer, but less about the nomad. A lovely photograph, though, and part of the public domain.

Women’s Football – England 1917.
Completely awesome, but isn’t it hard to play soccer in hats?

Lastly, my post from yesterday on women and football/soccer was placed on WordPress’ “Freshly Pressed” page. Thanks, WordPress! This is the second time I’ve landed there (here’s the first post that made the cut), and it is always a real honor. But as much as I appreciate the pat on the back, I especially enjoy the influx of comments.

I brought up the possibility of women becoming involved over time in high-profile men’s sports by being referees, coaches, or assistants. This is obviously a complex and problematic idea. But regardless of how impractical it might seem, I received some really thoughtful comments to further along the discussion.

If women’s sports, or even just sports, is a topic that interests you, you should go back and read over the comments for some in-depth discussion about what it would take to see women handing out red cards and coaching from the sidelines.

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The World Cup keeps on keeping on. I will be writing more about it – in a way – tomorrow. Any suggestions for other World Cup/football topics you’d like to see covered during the competition?

Further info:

In case you’re interested, the TIP Report’s Tier 3 ranking is the lowest a country can get. 13 countries received 3rd-tier ranking, which means human trafficking exists in the country and essentially nothing at all is being done about it:

Democratic Republic of Congo
Dominican Republic
North Korea
Papau New Guinea
Saudi Arabia

Most of the people in these countries are also trying to survive war, poverty, dictatorship, ethnic conflict, or all of the above. If you’re the praying type, please pray for these problems as well as for the slaves affected.

5 Responses to “A More Perfect Union: the TIP Report”
  1. Michael says:

    I guess that’s one thing Burma has going for it.

    Thank you for this moving picture and the opportunity to pray for these nations.

    • Joanna Miller says:

      Sure enough, you caught one I left out. Unfortunately Burma doesn’t have much going for it, and human trafficking isn’t an exception. I added it to the list. Thanks for catching it, even if by accident!

  2. paperlessworld says:

    For the first time the United States was included in the State Department’s annual report on human trafficking. Trafficking occurs primarily for labor and most commonly in domestic servitude, agriculture, manufacturing, janitorial services, hotel services, construction, health and elder care, hair and nail salons, and strip club dancing.” With the unstated politics of the report. From a nation with National Guard troops busy in Afghanistan and Iraq, but promoting nations which sustained their own law-enforcement efforts and continuing to “encourage a victim-centered approach.” The rich telling the poor how to govern themselves, with their limited resources. When it would seem that the cause of human trafficking is economic issues. As a rich nation never addresses the issues of economic opportunity. Or the lack of opportunity. There was a certain irony of the report from a nation with teenagers struggling with too much affluence. Text messaging on their cellphones. Or on the internet, while half the world lived on less than $2 per day.

    Hilary Clinton said some countries have approached the United States requesting not to be given a low ranking, and the State Department response was “to tell them the kinds of things that we would look to that would demonstrate the commitment that we think would make a difference.”

    As Americans tried to establish what exactly was the truth, do you recognize why there is ensuing anger, violence, discontent, and antagonism toward those in power who tried to make the rules? When there is a missing authentic generous sharing, out of what others did not have. There is loud artificiality about celebrating the report, without addressing the cause of the problem.

    • Joanna Miller says:

      Absolutely. I do recognize why there is ensuing anger. But if the report is going to exist anyway, the US should at least be willing to include itself. On a related note, the United States’ ranking is interesting, considering our close ties with the UN, and the UN’s close ties with human trafficking. But that is for another day.

      These are all great thoughts, and give a better context to the report than I was able to do, so thanks for chiming in!

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