We’ve linked tolerance with health in the past. Now the unexpected outburst of ethnic violence in the Kyrgyz Republic is a vivid reminder of how tenuous the grip we humans have on tolerance, dignity, survival and health. With the Kyrgyz atrocities as a backdrop, the U.S. State Department yesterday released its annual report on human trafficking around the world, highlighting especially those countries whose efforts fall far short of complying with the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. Of the 177 countries surveyed (including the U.S.), fifty six, or 32%, are on a watch list because recent progress toward compliance is deemed at risk. Another thirteen, or 7%, are making no compliance efforts whatsoever. The remaining 60% are either in compliance or moving steadily in that direction. See charts below for a listing of countries falling into these categories and see the State Department’s interactive map and the full report.

As our readers circle the globe, we hope they pause to understand their host countries’ human rights record. There are unpleasant realities in many destinations, and some surprises for me in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia. Even developed countries such as Russia, Singapore and Thailand are called out. We aren’t suggesting you should avoid travel to these countries. We are recommending that as your horizons expand they encompass a commitment to promoting tolerance and dignity. We will all be healthier for it.

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Michael Hartung, editor of Healthy Travel Blog, serves as head of Product Development at HTH Worldwide. Mike is responsible for all product strategy and development for the company. Mike has over twenty years of successful product innovation to his credit. He has played a senior management role in three start-up companies and has built complex organizations in rapid growth environments. Prior to joining HTH in 2000, he served as President of U.S. Healthcare’s Workers Comp Advantage subsidiary, which he co-founded with Angelo Masciantonio. Mike has also served in senior roles at Aon Consulting, Vantage Health Partners and Managed Health Care Services. Mike earned an M.B.A. from New York University, an M.A. from Duke University and a B.A. from Carleton College.

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