One year ago this week, Hilary Clinton did something that no U.S. secretary of state had ever done before. She told the world how the United States ranked in its efforts to prevent forced labor, sexual exploitation and modern-day slavery within its borders.In its 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report, the U.S. Department of State gave itself the highest mark — putting itself in tier one. And in an effort to apply some diplomatic pressure, the report once again classified other countries. For example, Papua New Guinea was ranked in the lowest tier — for, among other things, being a place where “tribal leaders trade the exploitative labor and service of girls and women for guns and political advantage.”
Nations with the worst records may seem to be a world away, but according to Benjamin Skinner, author of “A Crime So Monstrous” and senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, their human rights violations may be linked to our lives here.
Alison Stewart sits down with Skinner to talk about his work exposing the world of slavery and human trafficking.