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US Trafficking Report Excludes Palestine, Warns of Sri Lanka, Ukraine & Qatar

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, July 27 -- When the United States issued its Trafficking in Persons report on July 27, it ranked states -- including Curacao and Taiwan but not Palestine or Western Sahara, not even shown on the US' "Near East" map on Page 58 -- into four tranches, with one country standing alone as a special case: Somalia.

  The US put itself in the best tranche, Tier 1, along with many of its allies. The lower, Tier 3, was full of states the US does not like, or played a role in like Libya. The “money shot,” to TIP insiders, was the Tier Two Watchlist, some which Belarus last which was relegated to Tier Three.

   This year still on the Tier Two Watchlist are Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and Qatar - in the latter of which the passports of migrants workers have been taken away while they build FIFA World Cup stadia.

  Still, more reporting rather than less helps cast light on and for the victims of trafficking. We'll have more on this.


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