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June 22, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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Human-trafficking legislation

Rid the world of slavery

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report [“U.S. adds Syria to human-trafficking blacklist,” seattletimes.com, June 19], which ranks 184 countries on their efforts to combat human trafficking, including the United States.

While the U.S. has long been a global leader in the fight against modern-day slavery, this Congress has thus far failed to pass a critical piece of anti-trafficking legislation: The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.

This bill renews the landmark TVPA of 2000, which made human trafficking a federal crime and established the Trafficking in Persons Office to combat trafficking internationally.

Fighting slavery has always been a rare point of bipartisan cooperation in Washington. As we approach the anniversary of our nation’s founding — a nation “conceived in liberty,” in the words of President Lincoln, Congress should come together again to rid the world of slavery, once and for all.

— Ruthanne McPhaden, Seattle


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