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Human Trafficking: U.S. downgrades four countries in TIP Report

In its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, the U.S. State Department downgraded the four countries to Tier 3, the lowest possible ranking it gives for national responses to fighting modern day slavery - Thailand, Malaysia, Venezuela and The Gambia.

Of particular significance in this year’s report is the downgrading of Thailand (Tier 3), where activists have consistently documentedappalling human rights abuses within the fishing industry, and Qatar (downgrade to the Tier 2 watchlist) where forced and trafficked labour is a significant part of construction work for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Malaysia, where forced labour is reportedly common in eg. palm oil industry, has also been downgraded (Tier 3).

Countries listed on Tier 3 are:
Algeria, Central African Republic, DRC, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Korea, North, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia,Mauritania, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe.