Statement by Ambassador Rice on International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, December 2, 2011

New York, New York

On International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, the United States reaffirms our commitment to ending the trafficking of human beings, once and for all. Modern slavery does far more than violate our rights and break our laws; it menaces our societies and corrodes our common humanity.

Ending bonded labor, servitude and sexual slavery through serious, sustained action is an obligation shared by all nations. Those who share this belief must remain vigilant. As Secretary Clinton wrote in the introduction to this year’s Trafficking in Persons Report, “the true test of a country’s anti-trafficking efforts is not just whether a government has enacted strong laws consistent with that approach, but whether these laws are being implemented broadly and effectively. In short, it’s whether they deliver.”

On behalf of every man, woman and child who is denied by traffickers the opportunity to live a free and full life, let us deliver.

Originally posted on the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York website.

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