2017’s Trafficking in Persons Report: Algeria rose from Tier 3 to Tier 2

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2017's Trafficking in Persons Report: Algeria rose from Tier 3 to Tier 2

Algeria rose from Tier 3 to Tier 2, according to 2017’s Trafficking in Persons Report, released Tuesday in Washington.

“The government has achieved key accomplishments. As a result (Algeria’s ranking) improved to the Tier 2, “said the State Department’s 2017 report.

The achievements include, among others, the prosecution of 16 suspected traffickers and the identification of 65 victims of forced labor, pointed out the report presented by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
The official added that Algeria “has made considerable efforts” to comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in human beings.

The report rates nations 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 US Secretary of State decides to waive it for a maximum of two years.

On the other hand, the report lists China as among the worst offenders for human trafficking.
In a statement, Smith called for sanctions against China as punishment for its record on human trafficking.

Twenty-one countries were downgraded from their status on last year’s report, and 27 countries were upgraded, said Susan Coppedge, the senior State Department official working on human trafficking issues, at a briefing with reporters on Tuesday.

Tillerson presented the report in the State Department’s Benjamin Franklin room alongside Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and adviser. A crowd of about 300 people, including Republican Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Republican Representative Chris Smith, who authored the anti-trafficking law that mandated the State Department report, attended the ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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