NPR reports that the U.S. State Department released a report Tuesday that estimates 27 million people are trafficked each year.
The report ranks countries and looks at how victims can be protected. it also provides insight into the United States’ problem with human trafficking.
Even though the report noted that the U.S. ranked as one of the most active countries in combating human trafficking, officials still need to improve techniques to monitor trafficking trends, according to U.S. News.
Read the full report here.
Watch the announcement of the report on the U.S. State Department’s website.
Photo by Cliff Owen: Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton presents Vannak Anan Prum, of Cambodia, a plaque for his work to end human trafficking, during the release of the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, June 19, 2012.