Two Asian Sex Trafficking Rings Dismantled as GAO Criticizes U.S. Anti-Trafficking Efforts Abroad

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Sunday, October 1, 2006
Author: 
Victoria Gotsch
Volume: 
22
Issue: 
10
395
Abstract: 
In one week in August 2006, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE"), the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), and local law enforcement officials disrupted two separate sex trafficking originating in Asia. The success of U.S. law enforcement in identifying and dismantling these sophisticated rings stands in stark contrast to a July 2006 U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report criticizing U.S. anti-trafficking efforts abroad. Among its criticisms, the GAO report cited a lack of coordination and communication among relevant federal agencies, and the lack of reliable data on the extent of human trafficking worldwide … [more]