The US State Department has published an annual report on trafficking in various countries around the world.
Most of all, human rights in this segment are violated in 23 countries ranked in the third category - among them North Korea, China, and Syria.
According to the experts of the State Department, on a global scale human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar business.
Georgia is included in the list of countries of the first category, as "fully fulfills the minimum mandatory conditions for suppression of trafficking, and continues to make serious efforts in this direction."
The report says that Georgia is the source, transitory, and destination of sex slavery. In most cases, Georgian girls are victims of trafficking in order to get them into prostitution both inside the country and abroad, mainly in Turkey, China and the United Arab Emirates.
In addition, there are cases when men, women, and children are forced to work.
As for the transit, the State Department believes that it is mostly about criminal schemes for the delivery of women from the countries of Central Asia to Turkey.
The US State Department emphasizes the positive steps taken by the government of Georgia to suppress trafficking, but notes that despite compliance with minimum standards, law enforcement bodies do not strengthen their activities in this direction, and identify "less cases of trafficking" than they actually are.
The report positively assesses the plan of action for 2017-208, compiled by the Georgian government and efforts to increase the level of awareness of the citizens about this problem, and to identify the most vulnerable part of society for trafficking.
The State Department also touched upon the issue of the investigation by Georgian law enforcement agencies of allegations of sexual violence against Georgian soldiers participating in the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic.
"A detailed investigation was conducted, which showed that the fact of sexual violence by the Georgian military had no place, but the detailed report on the results of the investigation has not yet been published, and it is still unclear whether the case was trafficking," the State Department report says.