Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report.
The US State Department released its 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report on June 29 in a high-profile launch that featured Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Senior White House Advisor Ivanka Trump and Ambassador Susan Coppedge, the department’s anti-trafficking office chief. The 2017 reporting process straddled two administrations: the Obama White House compiled the data, but the rankings of individual countries were ultimately decided by the administration of President Donald Trump.
- Congress may restrain outreach to Malaysia and Myanmar (both upgraded) over the trafficking of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority.
- Trump is unlikely to exercise his legal ability as president to grant protection to trafficked undocumented immigrants.
- Washington may raise the trafficking of North Koreans for forced labour in China if the White House sees little progress on weapons testing.