US to declare China among worst human trafficking offenders

In US, the Trump administration is poised to declare China among the world’s worst offenders on human trafficking.

US officials said yesterday putting the world’s most populous country in the same category as North Korea, Zimbabwe and Syria.

China’s downgrade is to be announced today at the State Department when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson unveils the annual Trafficking in Persons Report to Congress.

China will be listed under “Tier 3,” the ranking system’s lowest category, which applies to countries failing to meet minimum standards to prevent human trafficking or making significant improvement efforts.

The determination marks the first major, public rebuke of China’s human rights record by the Trump administration, which has generally avoided direct, public criticism of Beijing while seeking its cooperation in combatting North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats. Other countries that have recently been on that list include Sudan, Iran and Haiti.

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