The State Department's Trafficking in Persons Report calls out China for its policy of Uyghur forced labor.
The 644-page annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report ranks 188 countries — rating them as Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 2 Watch List, or Tier 3 — based on whether they meet the minimum standards set by U.S. law to eliminate human trafficking, as mandated by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA).
China, North Korea, and Myanmar were among 11 governments worldwide cited in the report as having a documented "policy or pattern" of human trafficking, trafficking in government-funded programs, forced labor in government-affiliated medical services or other sectors, sexual slavery in government camps, or the recruitment of child soldiers.
All three countries retained their Tier 3 positions in the 2021 TIP Report. They were all listed among a dozen governments with policies or patterns of trafficking in the 2020 report — the first time the U.S. State Department used the new category.
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