US lists China among worst human trafficking offenders

The agency’s 2017 report on human trafficking upgraded the statuses of Myanmar, Afghanistan, Malaysia, and Qatar, while leaving those of Russia, Cuba and Thailand unchanged.

By: Reuters | Washington | Updated: June 27, 2017 9:22 pm
trafficking, united states, china, china worst traffickers, donald trump, rex tillerson The list could aggravate tensions with Beijing that had eased under President Donald Trump. (For representation only)

The US State Department on Tuesday placed China on its global list of the worst offenders in human trafficking, a step that could aggravate tensions with Beijing that had eased under President Donald Trump.
The agency’s 2017 report on human trafficking upgraded the statuses of Myanmar, Afghanistan, Malaysia, and Qatar, while leaving those of Russia, Cuba and Thailand unchanged.

The agency’s 2017 report on human trafficking upgraded the statuses of Myanmar, Afghanistan, Malaysia, and Qatar, while leaving those of Russia, Cuba and Thailand unchanged.

The department dropped Iraq and Myanmar from a list of countries that recruit and use child soldiers, a change from 2016. US officials have said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made the decision to do so, disregarding recommendations of State Department experts and senior US diplomats.

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