US State Department unveils Human Trafficking Report
On Wednesday, June 19, Secretary of State John Kerry unveiled the 2013 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State, US Embassy to Azerbaijan reported.
According to the report, as required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), the TIP Report assesses governments around the world on their efforts to combat modern slavery. The thirteenth installment, this year's report includes narratives of 188 countries and territories.
"The U.S. Mission to Azerbaijan congratulates Azerbaijan on the progress it has made in combating human trafficking, demonstrated by the upgrade to Tier II it received in this year's report. This progress was a result of efforts by the Azerbaijani government and members of civil society to work towards compliance with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. As the report also notes, there is still serious work to be done to further combat TIP in Azerbaijan. The United States will continue to work with Azerbaijan on this issue," the report says.