US demotes Thailand, Qatar, Malaysia in Trafficking in Persons report – cites modern-day slavery among migrant workers

Author: Katie Hodal, Annie Kelly & Dan Roberts, Guardian (UK), Published on: 20 June 2014

"US demotes Thailand and Qatar for abysmal human trafficking records", 20 June 2014

The US has signalled its mounting concern over modern-day slavery in Thailand and Qatar after it downgraded both countries on its human trafficking watchlist following revelations of appalling maltreatment of migrant workers. Thailand was relegated to the lowest rank in the state department's Trafficking in Persons (TiP) report – meaning it is now considered no better than North Korea, Iran or Saudi Arabia in the way it treats workers and protects them from abuse. Qatar was demoted to a watchlist one rung above, and will join Thailand if it doesn't improve its record in the coming years. Malaysia was also downgraded... The report said that…"many" of [Qatar’s] 1.2 million migrant workers faced conditions of modern slavery when they arrived to work there…

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