The fate of women in Afghanistan has routinely been cited as a bonus of the U.S. presence there. It has reduced the oppression of women and expanded educational opportunities for girls. Things will only get worse for women if the U.S. pulls out too fast, the conventional wisdom suggests. But tough to see how things could get much worse, based on the latest State Department annual report on human trafficking released this week.
Just check out the key passages:
Afghanistan is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically forced labor and forced prostitution.
The Government of Afghanistan made no discernible anti-human trafficking law enforcement efforts over the reporting period.
The Government of Afghanistan made minimal progress in protecting victims of trafficking.
During the reporting period, the Government of Afghanistan made no discernible progress in preventing human trafficking.