US says Myanmar no longer among worst on human trafficking

Wednesday, 28 Jun, 2017

The report calls on China to end forced labor in government facilities and step up its efforts to investigate human trafficking.

Ivanka Trump spoke Tuesday about defending the rights of human trafficking victims, helping the State Department launch this year's annual report on the crisis - whose highlight is a scathing indictment of China's record.

Tier 3 countries can be penalized with sanctions or barred from participating in USA cultural exchange programs, although the US president has the authority to waive sanctions.

It said Beijing sends North Koreans across the border to their homeland without checking to see if they were trafficked to China in the first place.

Countries placed in Tier 3 can be penalized with sanctions barring them from participating in cultural exchanges with the United States.

Myanmar was upgraded to the Tier 2 Watch List from Tier 3, beside Thailand, among nations making significant efforts to meet minimum United States standards. In a letter at the top of the report, Susan Coppedge, the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, writes of the importance of protecting victims that are forced to take criminal acts as a result of being trafficked.

Tillerson said around 20 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking, benefitting rogue governments, organized crime, and even established businesses unaware of forced labor in their supply chains. "We've got to keep moving, because again, this technology is moving away from us, you might say", said Republican Bob Latta, who is helping to lead the effort.

Implementing the national plan of action against trafficking with dedicated resources, including funding and implementation of the human trafficking fund.

Tier 2 Watch List countries do not fully comply with the minimum standards set by USA law but are seen as making significant efforts to bring themselves in line.

Notably, the report also dropped Iraq and Myanmar from its list of the world's worst offenders when it comes to child soldiers.

The State Department released its annual report on human trafficking Tuesday.

President Donald Trump has lately sought to court diplomatic favor with Beijing in his attempts to intensify pressure on North Korea's increasingly active weapons program.

Decisions to upgrade certain nations, such as Myanmar's previous elevation from Tier 3, have been met with criticism the report has been politicized by the State Department to curry favor or punish governments rather than be a straight assessment of the facts.

The "Tier 2 Watch List" includes Thailand and 44 other countries that make significant efforts to bring their actions against human trafficking into compliance with what the U.S. calls its Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) standards.

Her comments echoed those made by her father, who in February had pledged to put the "full force and weight" of the federal government to combat human trafficking.

The report also asked to enhance the training provided to officials, including law enforcement, labour inspectors, and immigration officers, on methods to identify trafficking cases and refer victims to protection services and expand the support services available to victims, including adult male victims, within Bangladesh and at Bangladesh's embassies overseas. Afghanistan, Malaysia and Qatar moved up to Tier 2, a list of nations making significant efforts to comply, from the Tier 2 Watch List. Taiwan, where the TIP Report is concerned, has been a Tier 1 country for eight consecutive years.