Trafficking in Person’s Report

Every year, the U.S. State Department issues a “Trafficking in Person’s Report.” The report describes the state of human trafficking related to unfree labor. The 2011 edition was issued yesterday, June 27, 2011. Although unrelated to the emancipation of slaves in the American Civil War, that slavery persists in various forms in the world, including in the United States, 150 years after the end of African slavery does dishonor to celebrating it and the memory of the slaves themselves.

CNN also has a nice article on this year’s report, which serves as an effective executive summary.

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About Donald R. Shaffer

Donald R. Shaffer is the author of _After the Glory: The Struggles of Black Civil War Veterans_ (Kansas, 2004), which won the Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship in 2005. More recently he published (with Elizabeth Regosin), _Voices of Emancipation: Understanding Slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction through the U.S. Pension Bureau Files_ (2008). Dr. Shaffer teaches online exclusively (i.e., a virtual professor). He lives in Arizona and can be contacted at donald_shaffer@yahoo.com
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