Micronesia concerns over human trafficking

Radio Australia News


The US State Department has marked down the performance of the Federated States of Micronesia on its watch-list for international human trafficking.

The move demonstrates Washington’s concern about trafficking in the FSM.

The island nation, which is now ranked at tier three, faces a cut-off of US assistance if it is found to be unresponsive in fighting trafficking.

The State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report says Micronesian waters are seen as easy for traffickers.

No inquiry

But it says no figures are available as the government in the Federated States of Micronesia has not conducted any investigations into the problem.

Papua New Guinea also remains at tier three.

Fiji has been removed Fiji from the list, as have the Philippines, Singapore and Laos – confirming their efforts to halt trade in humans.

But the report indicates abuses are still occurring elsewhere, with Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam remaining on the watch-list.

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