U.S. relations with Russia and China will be tested as both countries are viewed to have done little in the fight against human trafficking and may be downgraded to Tier 3, the lowest level, in the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. The annual TIP report is sent out by the State Department and is used internationally as the standard for anti-human trafficking, according to House Foreign Affairs member Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.).
There is an automatic downgrade for countries, like China and Russia, on the Tier 2 Watch list if they remain on the list for more than two years. Russia has been on the list for nine years and China for eight years. “The ‘automatic downgrade’ would protect the integrity of the tier system and ensure it works properly to inspire real progress in the fight against human trafficking,” said Smith during a hearing on Thursday.
Russia should be downgraded as it uses Vietnamese forced labor and its police work with the traffickers, argued Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang, Ph.D., executive director of Boat People SOS.
In China, the one child policy has led to a shortage of wives and North Korean women are lured to China and are sold to be wives to Chinese men, added Suzanne Shulte, president of the North Korea freedom coalition.
Source: Talk Radio News