27 Jun '11, 8pm

Philippines, Singapore off US trafficking watchlist

WASHINGTON: The United States on Monday removed the Philippines and Singapore from a human trafficking watchlist that had drawn concerns from the close allies, but it still reported persistent abuses around Asia. The State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons Report has become increasingly sensitive for Southeast Asian governments, which face a cutoff of US assistance if they are found to be unresponsive in fighting trafficking. The latest report elevated the Philippines, Singapore and Laos off the watchlist to so-called Tier 2, which means that the countries do not fully meet standards on human trafficking but are making efforts to do so. Indonesia and Cambodia stayed at Tier 2, but Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam remained on the watchlist. The only Asian jurisdictions on Tier 1, meaning full compliance, were South Korea and Taiwan. Releasing the report, the ...

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