Saudi-Arabia removed from list of human-traffickers

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Saudi-Arabia removed from list of human-traffickers
Saudi-Arabia removed from list of human-traffickers

Saudi-Arabia removed from list of human-traffickers

Saudi Arabia has been removed from its list of the worst human traffickers after just a year.

The State Department’s 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report said the country had made “key achievements” within the last 12 months.

It implemented its first ever national referral mechanism to supply care to victims of trafficking and therefore the government transparently reported data sets, including increased prosecutions and convictions under its anti-trafficking law, according to the report.

Saudi-Arabia removed from list of human-traffickers

It also implied that Saudi authorities had been strict on human trafficking offenders by “criminally convicting and sentencing to stringent imprisonment conditions two Saudi officials found guilty of trafficking crimes during the year.”

As a result, the country was moved from Tier 3 to Tier 2 — but the report said the Saudis still got to make additional reforms to combat trafficking.

Tier 2 countries do not partake to any potential consequences from the US, because the report implies they’re “putting in significant energy” so as to comply with US standards for fighting human trafficking.

Saudi-Arabia removed from list of human-traffickers

Tier 3 countries, however, may be subjected to cuts to “non-humanitarian, non-trade related foreign assistance” and to “government official or employee participation in academic and religious exchange programs,” the report asserts.

Though Saudi Arabia is a close ally whose relationship with the US was marred by the 2018 murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Despite criticism from congressional Republicans and Democrats, the Trump administration has maintained an in depth relationship with the country.

Saudi Arabia was one among five countries faraway from the list of worst offenders. Bhutan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gambia are not exempted.

Saudi-Arabia removed from list of human-traffickers

The report at the State Department was launched by Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State on Thursday alongside White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump. He didn’t mention the progress made by Saudi Arabia but did means that 22 countries had improved their statuses, with 13 of these coming from Sub-Saharan Africa.

“We take government-sponsored trafficking very seriously. It’s a perversion of any government’s reason for existence: to guard rights, not crush them,” Pompeo said. “The U.S won’t tolerate any government with a policy of human trafficking that throws its own citizens to this inhumane oppression.”

Saudi-Arabia removed from list of human-traffickers

Though Pompeo pointed out that close to half a billion dollars has been provided by Trump’s administration to combat trafficking. The administration has continuously attempted to cut funding for the office that monitors and fights human trafficking at the State Department.

Last year the particular allow the office was $61 million, and therefore the Trump administration proposed a cut of quite 60% for 2021 — to only $22 million.

In this year’s report, four countries were added to the list of worst offenders: Afghanistan, Algeria, Lesotho and Nicaragua.

Saudi-Arabia removed from list of human-traffickers

The report says Afghanistan “is not making significant efforts” to eliminate trafficking which it decreased enforcement efforts against perpetrators. It is believed that the Afghan security forces “are still recruiting and using kids in combat and non-combat responsibilities¬† with impunity.”

Cuba is still on the list of worst traffickers, and Pompeo asserted that the country is dependent on trafficking as a source of income.

Saudi-Arabia removed from list of human-traffickers

“Over 50,000 Cuban doctors are lured by the Castro regime into human trafficking conditions. This is the regime’s dependent source of income,” he said.

Pompeo also pointed out China’s statistics on trafficking,asserting to the “horrendous situations on Belt and Road projects” that the Chinese Communist Party forces its citizens to work in.

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