There’s been plenty of news coverage since Monday’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report from the U.S. State Department. The report ranks 184 countries on how well they’re combating trafficking and slavery.

On MSNBC and in the Washington Times, stories highlight that the U.S. has nearly doubled the number of countries that may eventually face sanctions if they don’t do more to fight slavery.

Other stories, however, have raised questions about the TIP report’s findings. On CNN, anchor Jim Clancy asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if the TIP process has become “politicized.” (See video of this below). In Time magazine, author Ben Skinner writes that anti-slavery activists are “quietly furious” that several U.S. allies received unwarranted favorable treatment in this year’s TIP rankings.

Read the full 2011 TIP report, and watch Secretary Clinton’s speech unveiling the report, here.

Hot off the presses: The 2011 TIP report!

The Trafficking in Persons report is the benchmark resource for the state of modern-day slavery and human trafficking in the world. Produced annually by the U.S. State Department, the report gives almost every country in the world a ranking, assessing how affective governments are at addressing modern slavery.

Last year was the first time the U.S. was included in the TIP report. (FYI: the U.S. was ranked Tier 1—the highest possible rating. This year, the U.S. is again ranked Tier 1.) Browse through the country narratives in the report at this link. And, stay tuned for Free the Slaves’ reaction to the 2011 TIP report!

In the meantime, check out the CNN Freedom Project’s report on this topic.