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U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report: How does your

by Admin ECLink

July 1, 2016

U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report: How does your country fare?

CNN Myanmar, Sudan and Haiti are currently among the worst offenders for human trafficking, according to a new report published today by the U.S. State Department.

The three nations were among 27 to be downgraded in this year's annual Trafficking in Persons -- or TIP -- report.

After two years, Thailand moved off the bottom rung due to the government's "significant efforts" to eliminate trafficking. Though the report says there's still "widespread forced labor" in the country's seafood sector.

And on the same day new President Rodrigo Duterte assumed power, the Philippines moved up to become a Tier 1 nation. However, sex trafficking is still considered a "significant problem."

According to the U.S. State Department, the report is "the world's most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts." It rates 190 nations -- up from last year's 188 with the addition of Libya and Yemen -- on how effectively governments are tackling the human trafficking industry on a scale from the worst on Tier 3 to best on Tier 1.

If a nation sits on the Tier 2 Watch List for two years, it's automatically downgraded to Tier 3, unless the U.S. Secretary of State decides to waive it for a maximum of two years.

We take a closer look at which governments are taking the fight to the human traffickers and which, according to this year's report, could do better.

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