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China, Russia Slam US Report on Human Trafficking

Rohingya minority children look out through a window of a bus after they were rescued by Thai authorities in Songkhla province, southern Thailand, Jan. 11, 2013.  Nearly 700 boat people from Myanmar's beleaguered Rohingya minority were rescued from alleged human traffickers in two separate raids near Thailand’s southern border.Rohingya minority children look out through a window of a bus after they were rescued by Thai authorities in Songkhla province, southern Thailand, Jan. 11, 2013. Nearly 700 boat people from Myanmar's beleaguered Rohingya minority were rescued from alleged human traffickers in two separate raids near Thailand’s southern border.
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Rohingya minority children look out through a window of a bus after they were rescued by Thai authorities in Songkhla province, southern Thailand, Jan. 11, 2013.  Nearly 700 boat people from Myanmar's beleaguered Rohingya minority were rescued from alleged human traffickers in two separate raids near Thailand’s southern border.
Rohingya minority children look out through a window of a bus after they were rescued by Thai authorities in Songkhla province, southern Thailand, Jan. 11, 2013. Nearly 700 boat people from Myanmar's beleaguered Rohingya minority were rescued from alleged human traffickers in two separate raids near Thailand’s southern border.
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China and Russia are criticizing a U.S. report that cited both countries among the world's worst in fighting sex trafficking and forced labor.

In its annual report on human trafficking, released Wednesday, the U.S. State Department dropped Beijing and Moscow to its lowest possible rating, putting them at the same level as North Korea and Iran.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Thursday called the report "arbitrary," saying Washington should take an "objective and impartial" view of its efforts to fight human trafficking.

In Moscow, Russia's Foreign Ministry suggested the State Department was simply ranking countries according to their degree of sympathy with Washington.  It threatened to retaliate against any sanctions that could result from the designation.

The report said an estimated one million people in Russia are exposed to “exploitative” labor conditions characteristic of trafficking cases, such as non-payment for services, physical abuse and very poor living conditions.

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The report described China as a "source, transit and destination country" for men, women and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking.  It also said the Chinese government’s one-child policy has resulted in a ratio of 118 boys to 100 girls, creating a demand for the trafficking of foreign women as brides and for forced prostitution.

Uzbekistan was downgraded to the worst level, known as Tier Three, because of what the report said is its state-sanctioned use of forced labor in its annual cotton harvest.

Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Sudan and Zimbabwe are among the 21 countries rated at the lowest level in terms of human trafficking. The list of Tier Three countries also ijncludes Algeria, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Kuwait, Libya, Mauritania, Papua New Guinea, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen.

In the report, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States has a moral obligation to meet the challenge of ending human trafficking.  He called the practice an assault on freedom and basic human dignity.

President Barack Obama will determine by September whether to order sanctions against China, Russia and Uzbekistan.

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by: Karkov
June 20, 2013 7:15 PM
"The list of Tier Three countries also ijncludes Algeria, the Central African Republic..." IJNCLUDES.

I'm also looking for an author and an editor, I'm not seeing them listed. I have no idea who the heck wrote this article and it's ethos is low standing. There are quotes with no source. The only thing any of this is solidly based on is the report itself, which anyone could make their own conclusions about.

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by: Anonymous
June 21, 2013 3:33 AM
Yes, so we can invite the authors for tea.


by: Lookout7 from: USA
June 20, 2013 6:17 PM
Let hope China and Russia will not start reporting on US murders,
rapes and random shooting deaths.

It is a gross violation of human right to live in a ' civilized ' society.


by: VOK from: roland
June 20, 2013 5:17 PM
Not to make light of the subject, but the report is prejudiced and politically motivated as one of the worst offenders of human trafficking is India with a male to female ratio matching China's and it didn't even make the list relative to the countries highlighted.


by: janet2312 from: Arizona
June 20, 2013 4:48 PM
China should as U.S. for accelerated debt repayment


by: Pat Murphy from: Michigan, USA
June 20, 2013 4:03 PM
We are on shaky ground to criticize when our tax dollars go to contractors in other countries use employment practices reminiscent of forced labor and our government looks the other way. This issue is being raised by the Project on Government Oversight (POGO). Wonder if Sec'y Kerry knows about it!


by: James from: West coast
June 20, 2013 3:57 PM
The absence of countries like Saudi Arabia, UAE is astonishing. From children abducted for camel races to brides for polygamous rich locals, they should be noted well ahead of China or Russia. That is why the list has zero credibility.


by: Owyman
June 20, 2013 3:01 PM
Yet more galling behaviour from the americans. The u.s. is guilty of so many transgressions it doesn't care to acknowledge yet here it is all full of self-righteous moralizing once again. More precisely, is there no mention of the sweat shops these people are trafficked into, which are gladly exploited by much celebrated american corporations such as Apple and Disney and are key to their success. How about some scrutiny of american complicity. Probably not likely (as usual).


by: Marc from: New York
June 20, 2013 2:39 PM
Cuba is tier 3 (red) and Colombia is tier 1 (green). Were they taking Guantanamo into account. This is such a joke, the only country directly controlled by the US (Colombia) in South America is green. Afghanistan is not red but Iran is. Ah yes, you brought Democracy to Afghanistan.


by: James Kim from: New Jersey
June 20, 2013 2:16 PM
China secretly and forcefully arrests and sends back N. Korean defectors to N. Korea at THIS moment which clearly violates U.N. Refugee Act that signed by Chinese government. In Manchuria, N. Korea border area, many N. Korean girls and ladies sold to Chinese men for prostitution. This is a very clear fact.

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by: Sam
June 20, 2013 7:51 PM
Also James, do not forget about the allegations of the Chinese forcing Uighur girls into prostitution and forcibly assimilating workers and Uighurs.

Russia has a huge illicit sex and prostitution market. Russia also serves as a hub for other persons to be moved or smuggled. Migrant workers from Central Asia are often paid low salaries while facing violent discrimination and live in constant fear because of Russian nationalists. I will say that Putin has condemned the new generation of nationalists and neo-Nazis in Russia. I am sure this report mentions politically-motivated crimes in Russia, but you know those are just fabrications by the West.


by: Anonymous
June 20, 2013 1:53 PM
Who cares if they slam the west for the report. They are likely guilty and this is their only defence.

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