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Kerry: Human trafficking 'must end' after report released

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Secretary of State John Kerry hosted the 2014 Trafficking in Person report launch ceremony, and asked for a global crackdown on modern-day slavery. (Source: CNN) Secretary of State John Kerry hosted the 2014 Trafficking in Person report launch ceremony, and asked for a global crackdown on modern-day slavery. (Source: CNN)

WASHINGTON, DC (CNN) – The U.S. government has singled out Thailand, Malaysia, Gambia and Venezuela for taking insufficient action against human trafficking.

In its annual "Trafficking in Persons" report released Friday, the State Department downgraded the four nations to Tier 3, the lowest possible ranking it gives for a country's response to fighting modern-day slavery.

Secretary of State John Kerry said nations need to be more aggressive about cracking down on human trafficking, and more must be done to wipe it out completely.

"The Trafficking in Persons report is common sense, its conscience, conviction, it's also facts all rolled into one," Kerry said. "And it's a call to action to governments and citizens around the world to uncover modern slavery and hold it accountable, to identify the victims and bring their abusers to justice. There cannot be impunity for those who traffic in human beings. It must end."

An estimated 20 million people worldwide are victims of some form of human trafficking, according to the International Labour Organization.

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