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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Modern Day Slavery and What We Buy

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 10:00am
2255 Rayburn House Office Building


Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on how slavery exists today and how it impacts the production, handling, and distribution of various goods (the global supply chain).

According to a new report by the International Labor Organization (ILO), forced trafficking generates $150 billion in illegal profits per year. Approximately two thirds of the total ($99 billion) is generated from sexual exploitation with approximately $51 billion generated from forced labor.

Trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation has historically been the most commonly reported -and prosecuted- form of human trafficking globally. However, victims of forced labor and debt bondage are held in conditions of slavery in a variety of jobs, including agricultural and construction work, domestic servitude and other labor-intensive jobs.

With nearly 30 million people in situations of forced labor and trafficking (according to the 2013 Global Slavery Index), join us as we hear from experts on how this affects the global supply chain and labor market and what our government and organizations are doing to combat the human rights atrocities of modern day slavery.

For any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC


  • Amb. Luis CdeBaca, Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Department of State
  • Neha Misra, Senior Specialist, Migration and Human Trafficking, Solidarity Center
    Written testimony
  • Dan Viederman, CEO, Verité
    Written testimony
  • Jesse Eaves, Senior Policy Advisor For Child Protection, World Vision
    Written testimony
  • Biram Dah Abeid, Founder and President, Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement in Mauritania
    Written testimony



113th Congress