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China Back On State Department List Of Worst Human Trafficking Offenders

In its latest annual report on the global state of human trafficking, the State Department has issued highly public criticism of China — a move that could increase tensions between China and the U.S.
Mya Soe, 58, holds a photograph of his daughter Kyi Pyar Soe on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, last year. He says he was told that his daughter was trafficked to China. Source: Ye Aung Thu

The U.S. State Department has issued highly public criticism of China in its latest annual report on the global state of human trafficking.

China is among the worst offenders of human trafficking, according to the Trafficking In Persons report. It's now lumped in with "Tier 3" offenders such as Syria, Iran, Russia and North Korea — the worst designation.

Tier 3 is used to

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