It’s Time to Downgrade Countries to Tier 3 Status

U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, continues to fight against human trafficking around the world by calling on the Obama Administration to promptly and publicly identify countries that have failed to adequately crack down on human trafficking activities within their borders, in compliance with the Trafficking Victims Prevention Act.

Royce addressed this vital issue at a subcommittee hearing, entitled, “Tier Rankings and the Fight Against Human Trafficking,” convened by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.

In his statement submitted for the official record, Rep. Royce said:  “Human trafficking is modern slavery, and crushes the lives and hopes of millions around the world — especially women and girls — for the unjust benefit of others, including criminal syndicates and terrorists. … the upcoming country tier rankings will be the first time that the Administration unavoidably runs into the limits set by Congress in 2008 on how long a country can avoid the worst, Tier 3 designation, by sitting on the “Tier 2 Watch List. … The Administration can no longer avoid telling hard truths about politically sensitive countries by keeping them indefinitely on the “Watch List,” which was not part of the original, three-tier structure established by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. If time-limited countries have not made significant efforts to comply with minimum trafficking standards, they must be downgraded to Tier 3 status.”

Learn more at the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Chairman Ed Royce article: Chairman Royce Continues Fight Against Human Trafficking.

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