US to downgrade Malaysia to worst tier in trafficking report

The downgrade for Malaysia in US State Department’s annual report on human trafficking follows complaints by rights groups and US authorities over the alleged mistreatment of migrant workers in plantations and factories. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, July 1, 2021.

THE US State Department will downgrade Malaysia to the worst tier in its annual report on human trafficking, to be released later today, Reuters reports.

Sources who spoke on condition of anonymity was reported by the site as saying Malaysia will fall to Tier 3, after spending three years on the Tier 2 watchlist, in this year’s Trafficking in Persons report.

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