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16 June 2010

Singapore questions US human trafficking report

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Singapore's Foreign Ministry (MFA) has questioned a US Department of State's human trafficking report which has downgraded Singapore's ranking on the issue of human trafficking.

The "Trafficking in Persons Report 2010", which was released on Monday, put Singapore on a watch list this year.

MFA is puzzled and said the US has not satisfactorily explained how it had arrived at this conclusion.

In a statement, the Ministry added the Singapore Government is committed to tackling the human trafficking issue, and its efforts in dealing with the issue have not weakened since last year.

MFA said it will respond in detail as appropriate in due course.

It stressed that the report is more a political ritual than an objective study.

The Singapore Government questioned how the US could rank itself in Tier One, when it is well known that the US has been unable to stem a flood of illegal workers, many of whom are trafficked by organised criminal gangs.

MFA suggested that the US should perhaps examine its own record more carefully before presuming to pronounce on other countries.


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