US Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks on the release of the 2021 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report on Thursday. Photo: Reuters
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks on the release of the 2021 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

US issues sanctions warning to 17 nations ‘not doing enough’ to combat human trafficking

  • China, North Korea and Russia are among 17 nations classed as ‘Tier 3’ for failing to meet minimal standards to stop human trafficking
  • The State Department’s annual ‘Trafficking in Persons’ report cited the coronavirus pandemic as a cause for a surge in human slavery between 2020 and 2021

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks on the release of the 2021 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report on Thursday. Photo: Reuters
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks on the release of the 2021 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report on Thursday. Photo: Reuters
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