US Downgrades Colombia After Revelations of Appalling Maltreatment of Workers

Posted on Jun 25 2014 - 4:25pm by Rico

COLOMBIA NEWS – The US State department releases its annual Trafficking in Persons report Friday. Thailand, Malaysia, Colombia, Cyprus and Qatar are downgraded after revelations of appalling maltreatment of workers that amount to modern-day slavery, while Afghanistan and Sudan improved their rating

Colombia has lost its tier 1 ranking for the first time in seven years after the US state department concluded it had failed to maintain previous anti-trafficking efforts.

The Colombian government has failed to act on the internal sex trafficking of Colombian women and children in popular tourist destinations or deal with forced labour in Colombia’s agriculture, domestic service and mining sectors. A failure to prosecute traffickers was also criticised.

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The map indicates the countries that fully comply (tier 1 green) with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s (TVPA) standards; tier 2 (yellow) that do not fully comply with the TVPA’s standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance; WL (watchlist in orange) where number of victims is very significant. There is no evidence that countries are making significant efforts to improve based on their commitments over the next year; and, tier 3 (purple) countries that do not fully comply with the minimum standards and are not making significant efforts to do so.