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Burma Rejects US Human Trafficking Report

Burma is rejecting the latest U.S. report on human trafficking, which blacklisted the country as one of the world's worst offenders for a seventh consecutive year.

Burma's state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper quoted a foreign ministry official as saying the annual report lacks objectivity and does not fully reflect Burma's efforts against human trafficking.

The U.S. State Department's "Trafficking in Persons Report" listed Burma in tier three, meaning it is one of the world's worst offenders, along with North Korea and Sudan.

Burma's foreign ministry, however, said that it had taken action against around 400 traffickers in 2006.

The United States and the European Union have imposed economic sanctions on Burma to protests human rights abuses and the lack of democratic progress in the military-run country.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.