On May 12, 2010, at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca, Director of the Office To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, spoke on the role of the United States in combating human trafficking. Ambassador CdeBaca said:
"The United States' mandate in combating trafficking is a long one but it is a simple one: we must deploy every tool at our disposal in a strategic and coordinated fashion. We must tackle every form of this crime -- whether it has been labeled peonage, involuntary servitude, sex trafficking, or debt bondage.
"We cannot focus on one form of trafficking over another if we truly want to end this crime. And, we ought to broaden our efforts to ensure that every man, woman, and child is able to pursue, and achieve, his or her God-given potential.
"Translating the fight against modern slavery into 21st Century foreign policy is essential. It cross-cuts and impacts so many policy concerns; it is a fluid phenomenon that responds to market demands, vulnerabilities in laws, weak penalties, natural disasters, economic and environmental instability.
"What we're really talking about are the shadows: traffickers operate in the shadows and they take advantage of zones of impunity no matter why those zones exist. So, our global response must has to not just be to catch and punish those that we can find; we have to destroy their safe havens by fighting for rule of law, security, and economic empowerment."
Read Ambassador CdeBaca's full remarks here.
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