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Malaysia urges US to review human trafficking blacklist

Published on Jun 22, 2014 3:53 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia Sunday rejected harsh US criticism for failing to tackle human trafficking after an annual State Department report shamed the South-east Asian country, together with Thailand and Venezuela.

Bangkok has also said it is disappointed at being placed in the annual Trafficking in Persons report at the bottom of a list of countries accused of failing to address modern-day slavery - a designation which could trigger US sanctions.

The foreign ministry of Malaysia - a magnet for labourers and refugees from poorer regional countries - said combating "this heinous crime" was "still a work in progress".

"Malaysia has taken substantive measures in the past two years to improve the situation related to human trafficking and smuggling of migrants. In this light, the US State Department should reconsider its assessment on Malaysia," it said in a statement.

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