U.S. lists China among worst human trafficking offenders

US to Declare China Among Worst on Human Trafficking Sources

US to Declare China Among Worst on Human Trafficking Sources

But the president tweeted this week that Xi and China's efforts to help with North Korea have "not worked out".

Specifically, the report found that "local officials in Xinjiang coerced Uighur men and women to participate in forced labor in and outside the province", despite the local government announcing in early 2017 that the practice was outlawed.

This year's downgrade follows three consecutive years on the Trafficking in Persons Report's Tier 2 Watch List - a rung above its current position in Tier 3, which China was relegated to for failing to make efforts to meet those minimum standards. Internal migrants in China were particularly vulnerable, the report said, with some people forced to work in factories and coal mines with little governmental oversight.

Ivanka Trump, President Trump's daughter and adviser, also spoke at the State Department event.

Ivanka Trump, the senior White House adviser and daughter of President Donald Trump, said ending human trafficking was in both the moral and strategic interests of the USA, describing the effort as a "major foreign policy priority" for the administration.

"We are firmly opposed to the irresponsible remarks made by the USA based on its domestic law about others' efforts against human trafficking", Lu said.

"It is both our moral and our strategic interests", she said.

Boom Mosby, an advocate for child victims of sexual abuse in Thailand who founded Hope Understanding and Grace (HUG) Project, was one of the individuals recognized for their work by the State Department.

It enjoys the Congress' mandate, and it looks at what the governments are doing to combat human trafficking (modern day slavery) through the lens of what the United States describes as the 3P paradigm - "prevention, protection, and prosecution". "Ending human trafficking is a major foreign policy priority for the Trump administration".

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Trump met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday at the White House and made a point of noting that the United States, India and Japan would be joining together in naval exercises soon in the Indian Ocean, a point that seemed aimed at India rival Beijing.

The new State Department report praised the Ethiopian government for "making significant efforts" in the past year toward meeting 'the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking'. The organization continues to urge Congress to swiftly pass the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, which would add designated trafficking prosecutors in U.S. Attorney's Offices across the country.

"It's time to #EndTrafficking", she wrote.

The rankings of Bangladesh, Guatemala, Hungary, Iraq, Liberia and Nicaragua were also downgraded.

Fourteen countries, including Bangladesh, Iraq, and Nigeria, were downgraded to the Tier 2 watch list, putting them at future risk of being dropped to Tier 3.

Some human rights activists were critical of the report.

Here is Sec. Tillerson's speech introducing the report. But it noted continued reports of children being recruited as soldiers in various militias as well as by the Islamic State.

Other Asian countries are spread across the board with South Korea, the Philippines and Taiwan at the top tier, in line with established standards. Such modern-day slavery, the report said, is worsening.

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