People who should know better
Many American allies are on Americas watch list for human trafficking a few are Afghanistan, Israel and Saudi Arabia. These countries "are not meeting the minimum standards but are making significant effort.", according to American standards (27 ).
A Report cites three Middle Eastern countries Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar have been listed for failing to Adequately address human trafficking (28 ).
In 2008 research called "Preventing and Combating Trafficking of Minors and Young Women from Nigeria to Italy," said Nigeria, Thailand, China, Albania, Bulgaria, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine are the top countries world that have the most trafficked people in the world(29 ).
The US Senate investigated officials in Malaysia from extorting money from foreign migrants and being linked to human trafficking. Its alleged that the migrants were taken by Malaysian government officials to the border between Malaysia and Thailand. Where they were extorted or sold to human trafficking syndicates (30 ).
In Iraq US military contractors used victims of human trafficking to provide services to the US Military in Iraq (31 ). John Miller, director of the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons While much of the flow of workers is for legitimate employment, Miller said, "There is a dark side to this." He also said, "If this turns out to be the case in Iraq, something has to be done about it." (32 ).
Due to high profits and low risks, one estimate of people trafficked into the United States is 50,000 (33).
A lower estimate is between 17,500 to 18,500 victims are trafficked into the USA yearly. Though the risk is low, it doesn't mean there is no risk. 116 people were charged with trafficking offenses in 2005, that was close to double the number in 2004 (34 ).