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Thailand deeply disappointed with downgrading in US human trafficking report

Published on Jun 21, 2014 2:16 PM
 
Rohingya people from Myanmar, who were rescued from human traffickers, are put up at Songkhla Immigration Detention Centre near Thailand's border with Malaysia. Thailand said on June 21, 2014 that it was very disappointed with US downgrading of the country to Tier 3 of an annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS 

 BANGKOK - Thailand, stung by US downgrading of the country to Tier 3 of an annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, said on Saturday that it was very disappointed with the move, calling it "most regrettable''.

"It is a very great disappointment for us and we disagree with the ranking,'' acting Foreign Minister Sihasak Phuangketkeow told journalists in Thailand's first official response to the US downgrading, which could draw trade and aid sanctions.

Tier 3 is the lowest possible ranking for national responses to fighting modern day slavery.

 "Suppressing human trafficking is the highest priority of the government and we earnestly believe we have made tangible progress,'' he insisted. He said the number of prosecutions had increased to over 400 and convictions to over 200 in the period covered by the report - April 2013 to April 2014.

 
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