US to list China among worst human trafficking offenders

US to list China among worst human trafficking offenders

US to list China among worst human trafficking offenders

The State Department downgraded China in its annual "Trafficking in Persons Report," saying Beijing is doing little to combat the phenomenon or protect its victims. Being designated a Tier 3 country ― a group that also includes Syria, North Korea and Russian Federation ― can result in sanctions and affect a country's relationships with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

China took umbrage at being lumped in the same category as North Korea and Syria. Officials from countries designated in that tier can be barred from participating in USA government educational and cultural exchange programs. The rating can cause non-trade-related sanctions as well as the implementation of restrictions on USA foreign assistance.

"What's guiding this is he ran to protect American industry and American workers", one of the USA officials said, referring to Trump's 2016 election promise to take a hard line on trade with China.

The State Department recommended that China end forced labor in government facilities and by government officials outside of the penal process, and do a better job investigating, prosecuting, and imposing sentences on perpetrators of forced labor and sex trafficking.

Tillerson told members of the media, "It is our hope that the 21st century will be the last century of human trafficking, and that's what we are all committed to".

"The Chinese side always believes that no country can stay aloof from the fight against human trafficking as it is a crime plaguing the whole world", and "will step up cooperation with other countries to crack down on human trafficking based on mutual respect", Lu added.

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The report listed a wide variety of human trafficking that occurs in China, including forced labor, forced begging, sex trafficking and exploitation, and the trafficking of women, men and children from other countries into China.

Her Advocacy Centre for Children Thailand (ACT House) has supported more than 81 investigations and is credited with the arrest of more than 20 people connected to human trafficking.

Even before its official release, the report was being criticized for upgrading Myanmar to the Tier 2 Watch List. Following a successful summit between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in April, the two governments started a series of high-level dialogues aimed at balancing trade and investment flows and reining in North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.

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.

On North Korea, Trump "feels like he gave China a chance to make a difference" but has not seen enough results, the official said.

"When state actors or non-state actors use human trafficking it becomes a threat to our national security", Tillerson said. Susan Coppedge, the United States' ambassador-at-large to monitor and combat trafficking in persons, then presented the group with awards for their efforts. She wrote on Twitter that she was "honored to join the Department of State" for the report's release.

'As a mother, ' Ivanka said, 'this is much more than a policy priority.

Coppedge said she had raised USA concerns about Myanmar's response to the use of child soldiers directly with the Myanmar government in December, and acknowledged that in Iraq children are "highly vulnerable" to forcible recruitment by Iraqi forces in the fight against Islamic State, as well as by Islamic State.

Human Rights First notes that holding traffickers accountable can be challenging, as trafficking cases can be hard to identify, investigate, and prosecute.

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