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TIP-Report 2023 - U.S. State Department report on trafficking in human beings

Cover Trafficking in Persons Report 2023

The Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report) is published annually by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in human beings in the U.S. Department of State. It analyzes trafficking developments in 188 countries and also assesses countries' efforts to combat trafficking.

As required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act from 2000 (TVPA), the TIP Report assesses the efforts of governments around the world to combat trafficking in human beings and provides recommendations to countries. This year's report includes data on 188 countries, including Germany. Countries are categorized in levels from 1 to 3 according to their compliance with minimum standards to eliminate trafficking in human beings.

However, the report does not base its assessment of the countries on common international agreements but on the criteria of the TVPA of the USA:

Germany is assigned to Level 1. This means that the German government fully complies with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in persons according to the TVPA. The Country Report for Germany provides assessments of progress in combating trafficking in human beings and mentions, for example, the establishment of the National Reporting Unit on Trafficking in Human Beings or intensified prevention and sensitization efforts, especially in the context of the flight movements from Ukraine. However, it also points to gaps, mentioning, among other things, the lack of prosecution and conviction in trafficking cases, the lack of a strategy to better identify trafficked persons, the infrequent enforcement of compensation claims by trafficked persons, and the insufficient funding of specialized counseling centers and housing for trafficked persons.

The report provides a good overview of anti-trafficking developments in different countries.

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