Today is the International Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade. The day was established by UNESCO in memory of the slave revolt of San Domingo and Haiti in 1791, which marked the beginning of what was then the elimination of the system of slavery.
Despite the fact that slavery was abolished and condemned internationally, it still exists today in new forms and affects millions of people, mostly women and children, globally. "The new human trafficking" was one of the most pressing issues of our time.
The U.S. State Department annually sends to Congress a report on foreign governments' efforts to eliminate severe forms of trafficking. In a report published in June, an assessment of the situation on this issue in 175 countries.
Belarus in this report, as in the Last year,, came in the number of "Level 2" — that is, those in which the provision is not fully consistent with U.S. law, provided the minimum standards in the field of combating trafficking in human beings, but whose governments are making significant efforts to do so.
In the report, the U.S. State Department stated, among other things, that "Belarus is a country of origin, country of destination and transit country for men, women and children trafficked from Belarus or Russia through Belarus, Germany, Poland and other European countries, Turkey, Israel, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates for commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor. Also, there is information that the women of the Belarusian low-income families have been forced into prostitution in Minsk. "