Miami, FL — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement regarding the release of the U.S. State Department’s 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report:
“Human trafficking remains one of the most urgent human rights issues of our time, and I thank the U.S. State Department for the release of the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report. Our nation has both a moral duty and a security imperative to continue to work to prevent human trafficking, bring perpetrators to justice, and shine a light on these crimes both here at home and abroad.
“This annual report is a critical tool that the United States has to monitor and assess our government’s efforts to eliminate human trafficking. From the systematic use of forced labor of Uyghurs, and other minorities, at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party or the Cuban regime’s manipulation of the COVID-19 pandemic as a scheme to lead their medical brigades that is stained with human trafficking, we must remain vigilant and push measures to end these forms of slavery and hold the perpetrators accountable.
“The United States must remain committed to imposing a cost on nations that fail to eliminate human trafficking in all its forms.”
Rubio is a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.