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U.S. says Thailand, Malaysia, Venezuela among worst human trafficking centres

Arab Spring Reuters June 20, 2014 – 16:59 By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States downgraded Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela on Friday to its list of the world’s worst centres of human trafficking, opening up the countries to possible sanctions and dumping them in the same category as North Korea and Syria. The three countries were all downgraded to the lowest “Tier 3” status in the U.S. State Department’s 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report as they did not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. Thailand, one of Washington’s oldest Asian treaty allies, expressed disappointment at the U.S. move. Thai officials had repeatedly expressed…