By: Rita Cheng, Tang Pei-chun and Frances Huang
Washington, July 27 (CNA) Taiwan was placed under Tier 1 for the sixth consecutive year in the annual Trafficking in Persons report released by the U.S. Department of State on Monday, indicating that Taiwan continues to make an effort to address the problem.
Along with Taiwan, the United States, Canada and Germany were also listed as Tier 1 countries, meaning that they met the minimal standards set by the U.S.’s Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) for the elimination of human trafficking, according to the report.
Countries listed as Tier 1, the highest ranking in the report, have acknowledged the existence of human trafficking and made efforts to address the problem, but it does not mean they do not have a human trafficking problem or that they are doing enough to address the problem, the report said.
In Taiwan’s case, the report said most of Taiwan’s human trafficking problems largely resulted from the existence of migrant workers. [FULL STORY]