US Human Trafficking and the Canada Connection

US Human Trafficking Report Calls Canada the ‘Transit and Destination’ for Sexual Slavery Trade The US State Department has issued its 2007 report on human trafficking and has named four wealthy US Arab allies – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar – as among the worst offenders in failing to act to stop the international trade of human beings. The report listed Canada as a “tier 1” country, one that complies with the minimum standards of combating the trade. It describes Canada as “principally a transit and destination country” for women and children trafficked, mainly from Asia and Eastern Europe, for commercial sexual exploitation. It noted “some Canadian girls and women are trafficked internally for commercial sexual exploitation”. The State Department estimates that as many as 800,000 people are trafficked over international borders for purposes of labor or sexual exploitation every year. 80 per cent of these are women and girls and as many as half of the total are minors. Sexual exploitation of women and children, both boys and girls, is a prominent and universal feature of the report. In addition to the four wealthy Arab countries, the report lists Algeria, Equatorial Guinea and Malaysia Cuba, Iran, Myanmar (the former Burma), North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Uzbekistan and Venezuela, all either predominantly Islamic, communist or heavily socialist military states, in the bottom, third tier. In total, 32 countries are named in the third tier. Third tier countries face possible economic sanctions from the US including the loss of US aid and support for World Bank and International Monetary Fund loans. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice described the trade...