Taiwan again listed in U.S. human trafficking report's Tier 1
Central News Agency
2014-06-21 05:22 PM
Taipei, June 21 (CNA) Taiwan has been listed as a Tier 1 country in the U.S. State Department's 2014 Trafficking in Persons (TIPS) Report for the fifth consecutive year, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said Saturday. In the report, the Department of State places each country onto one of three tiers based on the extent of their governments' efforts to comply with the minimum standards of the U.S. Trafficking and Violence Protection Act. The annual report provides a diagnostic assessment of government efforts to combat trafficking, slavery and exploitation. Of a total of 187 countries rated in this year's report, 31 were deemed compliant with U.S. efforts to fight trafficking and grouped in Tier 1.

Taiwan's efforts in prevention and control of human trafficking in recent years have earned it high recognition and praise, according to the NIA.

The report said the Taiwanese authorities fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. During the reporting period, they continued to prosecute trafficking offenses, including both forced labor and forced prostitution. The report also said Taiwan should vigorously investigate and prosecute the owners of Taiwan-owned or flagged fishing vessels who allegedly commit abuse and labor trafficking aboard long haul fishing vessels, increase efforts to reduce exploitation of migrant workers by brokers, increase efforts to investigate and prosecute child-sex tourism offenses committed by Taiwan passport-holders and continue efforts to increase public awareness of all forms of trafficking. NIA Director-General Mo Tien-hu said the government has spared no efforts to prevent and control human trafficking and will continue to improve and share its experience in the field with other countries. Mo also noted that the NIA and the U.S. Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center signed a memorandum of understanding to exchange and disseminate information to help combat human trafficking in May to enhance the effectiveness of human traffic prevention and control through international cooperation. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed pleasure that Taiwan's efforts to stop human trafficking have won recognition from the U.S., saying that it will continue to share its experience in this area with the international community to seek a more efficient global cooperation mechanism for human trafficking prevention and control. (By Liu Jian-bang, Tang Pei-chun and Evelyn Kao)

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