US to downgrade China in human trafficking report

Share

China has been demoted to a list of countries failing to meet minimum standards for the prevention of human trafficking, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the U.S. State Department. In addition to cosponsoring legislation to strengthen anti-human trafficking measures domestically, Senator Corker previously proposed the End Modern Slavery Initiative, which was created to leverage limited foreign aid dollars and galvanize support and investment from the public sector, philanthropic organizations, and the private sector to eliminate modern slavery and human trafficking around the globe.

Thus, the designation of China as one of the world's worst offenders in human trafficking is part of a cascade of signals from Washington that relations between the United States and China could soon slide steeply downhill, just as relations between the United States and Russian Federation are reaching depths not seen since the Cold War.

Last year when the United States released its Trafficking in Persons (TIP) 2016 report, Ghana was classified as a Tier 2 Watch List Country, which meant that the government did not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in persons and failed to provide evidence of increasing efforts to combat severe forms of trafficking in the past year. The last time China was ranked part of this group was in 2013, and since then it had moved up a half-notch.

The U.S. State Department was expected to unveil later Tuesday a 2017 human trafficking report that downgrades China to the lowest "Tier 3" category, which includes North Korea, Zimbabwe and Syria.

In the past, the impact of a Tier 3 downgrade has pressured United States companies to more closely examine their supply chains, as seen when Thailand was downgraded to Tier 3 on the 2014 report. The Trump administration has been seeking China's help to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear program, and Tillerson said Tuesday that China's failure to crack down on forced labor from North Korea was among the reasons it was downgraded.

 

Both countries have significant problems with child sex trafficking, while in the DRC "several armed groups continued to abduct and forcibly recruit Congolese men, women, and children as combatants and in support roles", the report said.

 

Ivanka Trump has tried to make the fight against human trafficking one of her signature issues. She said combating trafficking is a "major foreign policy priority for the Trump administration". "On a personal level, as a mother, this is much more than a policy priority", she said.

Share

Advertisement

Related Posts

GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written
MARTIN: So what does the Senate bill do? Even the House Republican version, which is also bad , made some real design changes. The effect, he said, "would provide even less to those in need than the House bill".

The Bachelorette 2017 Recap 6/26/17: Season 13 Episode 5
When Rachel comes back into the fray, she announces that the group date rose will be going to Bryan , aka my future baby daddy. After the dance, Jack tries to win over Rachel by claiming that he sucked at dancing because he was distracted by her beauty.

Nintendo Announces Super NES Classic Edition, Featuring All Your Favorite Games
The NES Classic Edition offered 30 games for $60, which was a tolerable asking price despite being a little on the expensive side. This is an obvious follow-up move to the NES Classic Edition that dropped November 2016 , which was notoriously hard to find .

Spain: Poor English may have caused bungee-jumping death
The teenager is believed to have misheard the instructor when he said "no jump", instead thinking he'd advised her to "now jump". The court also heard that Mol was underage, but the instructor - who has not been named - did not check for parental consent.

Vegas holds all the cards with NHL expansion draft list out
Neither can players with continuing and effective no-movement clauses. "There are lots of good players there", McPhee said . Teams were also eager to see the list of players available because Vegas now becomes a trade avenue for them.

No pending announcement about discovery of alien life
It comes after NASA's Kepler space observatory discovered 219 "potential new worlds" in other solar systems. Zurbuchen explained NASA's work, but clarified they had not found any sure signs of life on other planets.

French see no one to counter Macron, set to sweep parliament
The FN's result showed the party is struggling to rebound from Le Pen's bruising defeat by Macron in the presidential run-off. Polls project it could win about a dozen seats, in part because of a voting system that favors the biggest parties.

Sprint in exclusive talks with Charter, Comcast on wireless deal
That puts on hold on-again, off-again merger talks with T-Mobile US (TMUS) and puts pressure on Verizon Communications (VZ). Sprint , Comcast , and Charter have agreed to negotiate exclusively to the end of the July, the paper adds.

Trump reaches out to lawmakers on healthcare as another says 'no'
The bill proposes phasing out federal funding to states that had been used to expand the program under the Obama administration. Both our senators are included in the elite 13 GOP senators working in complete secrecy to produce this bill.

Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many
Despite the string of losses in special elections, some Democrats said there were reasons to be encouraged. Races such as Ossoff's, competitive seats that have been held by the GOP for years, need to be a focus.

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.