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Saturday, 2 July 2016

Cambodia upgraded to Tier 2 status in U.S. human trafficking report


Source: Xinhua   2016-07-01 


PHNOM PENH, July 1 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia is placed in the Tier 2 category in the U.S. 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report, an upgrade from its designation as a Tier 2 Watch List country last year, the U.S. Embassy said on Friday.

Tier 2 status applies to countries whose governments do not fully comply with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act's minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards.

"Cambodia's upgrade to Tier 2 is based on significant efforts by the government of Cambodia to combat human trafficking over the past year," the embassy said in a statement.

It said that the government began implementing the national action plan launched during the previous reporting period and allocated 500,000 U.S. dollars to the inter-agency committee that leads Cambodia's anti-trafficking efforts.

National guidelines for the identification and referral of victims were finalized and local authorities identified 589 victims, an increase from 326 in the previous year, the statement said.

The report also noted the Cambodian government's progress in prosecutions and convictions, particularly for labor trafficking offenses, it said.

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