US blacklists allies for ‘slavery’
Posted by bosskitty on June 14, 2007
FUNNY, THEY DON’T SAY HOW LONG WE HAVE IGNORED THIS
The United States has blacklisted several Middle East allies for not doing enough to fight what it calls “modern day slavery”.
Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar were put in the worst category in the state department’s annual Trafficking In Persons report, along with Algeria, Equatorial Guinea and Malaysia.
The seven additions joined regulars Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Myanmar, Cuba, North Korea, Uzbekistan and Venezuela.
The US accused the 16 countries of failing to meet the minimum standards – the worst category or a Tier 3 ranking – to fight the human trade.
Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, on Tuesday issued the blunt message that “no one deserves to be a modern day slave”.
Mark Largon, a senior adviser to Rice on the trafficking issue, said it was
“especially disappointing that so many wealthy countries in the Near East [Middle East] … are on Tier 3”.
The 236-page global survey found the number of prosecutions against human traffickers was low.
Risk of sanctions
Getting on the list means a country is vulnerable to US sanctions for failing to stop the annual flow of up to 800,000 mostly women and children worldwide to work in the sex trade and other forms of forced or bonded labour.
Many of the trafficking victims seek to escape poverty in Eastern Europe, South and South-East Asia, and are sold into the sex trade, manual labour or abused as domestic workers.
Bahrain was cited for making “no discernible progress” and for not seriously investigating allegations and enforcing laws aimed at protecting foreign workers mostly from South and South-East Asia.
THE US HAS PARTICIPATED IN USING THESE VICTIMS …
Critics said the report was politically motivated and argued that the US had no business criticising other countries when its defence department had hired trafficked workers in Iraq.
BOTH SIDES OF OUR MOUTHS MUST BE SOOOOO BUSY….
NO WONDER NO ONE TRUSTS THE USA ANYMORE