Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/20/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Thailand and Malaysia downgraded to lowest grade

Four countries have been singled out by the U.S. in its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report for failing to take sufficient action against the human trafficking that plagues those countries.

Many slaves in Thailand are forced into the sex industry or are forced into manufacturing or fishing.

Many slaves in Thailand are forced into the sex industry or are forced into manufacturing or fishing.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/20/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: News, International


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - These nations are Thailand, Malaysia, The Gambia and Venezuela, and were targeted in the report published on June 20. The State Department downgraded their status to Tier 3, the lowest possible ranking given to a country for their response to fighting modern-day slavery.

There is no act more foul than slavery.

The TIP report says that there is evidence that forced labor and sex trafficking in Malaysia and Thailand is prevalent, involving the numerous Asian immigrants that work on farms and factories, and are then trapped when their passports are taken away and wages are withheld.

In Thailand, tens of thousands of migrants from neighboring countries are being exploited for commercial sex, fishing boats and as domestic servants.

In Venezuela, females are often lured into tourist centers from the poor interior regions with false job offers; when they arrive they are forced in prostitution.

The three rankings are based on a governments perceived efforts to acknowledge and combat these modern forms of slavery, including reforms and programs aimed at prevention, protection and prosecution.

Luis CdeBaca, ambassador-at-large of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, cited Thailand and Malaysia's repeated noncompliance in meeting the bare minimum anti-trafficking standards.
"Malaysia continues to have a victim care regime that basically locks up the victims," he said. "In Thailand, we have a lot of beginnings that will hopefully come to fruition, but the report doesn't look at promises. It looks at results.

There are four other countries which face the possible downgrades to Tier 3, including Afghanistan.

"In Afghanistan, for the first time now, we're seeing 14 traffickers were convicted. We're even seeing the conviction of soldiers," he said.

The International Labor Organization estimates that more than 20 million people are living in some form of slavery.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for DECEMBER 2016
Universal:
End to Child-Soldiers: That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.
Evangelization: Europe: That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

St. Francis Xavier Church was burned to the ground on his feast day - Please pray for peace Watch

Image of Catholics lost their church in Mongkoe Township, near the Chinese border (CNS/Nyunt Win/EPA).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Thousands of Catholics mourn the loss of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, one of the latest casualties in a clash between the Myanmar military and armed ethnic groups. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Catholic Philly, the church was one of ... continue reading


Did FAITH save soccer player from the tragic Colombian crash? Watch

Image of The Bible was discovered in the wreckage (CEN/SBT).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

An airliner carrying 81 people crashed into a mountain near Medellin, Colombia. All but three were killed, leaving hundreds in mourning. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Through the devastation, authorities uncovered a Bible filled with annotations.According to ... continue reading


Young girl in danger of losing limbs after heroically running into burning home to rescue disabled father Watch

Image of Fourteen-year-old Guo Jiajia attempted to save her disabled father from a house fire (Huanqiu).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Fourteen-year-old Guo Jiajia woke to flames in the living room. After escaping her apartment, she stood for a moment in the doorway before returning into the fiery hell of burning smoke. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to China Daily, Lai Rongqing, ... continue reading


First the Christians, now the lawyers - China attacks human rights activists, three of whom mysteriously vanish Watch

Image of A prominent lawyer and two other human rights lawyers/activists have been reported missing in China.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Three Chinese human rights activists have been reported missing in China's crackdown of all groups daring to defy Communist rule. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In November, three prominent human rights activist lawyers were detained by police in separate ... continue reading


Domino's shows Christmas spirit by attempting pizza deliveries with real reindeer Watch

Image of Domino's has decided to use reindeer to deliver pizza this winter (Facebook/Twitter).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Japan is known for its obsession with small, cutesy things - but their Domino's pizza has decided to go with big and cute this Christmas season. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Japan announced it would be using reindeer to deliver pizzas to hungry customers in the ... continue reading


First beheaded, now targeted for their organs, Christian persecution intensifying - Why are Christians the target of organ harvesting? Watch

Image of Christians prisoners are sacrificed (not pictured) for organ harvesting in China.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Human rights groups are speaking out against China's use of the forced organ harvesting of religious minorities in prison, many of whom are Christians. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Canadian attorneys David Matas and David Kilgour recently reported there have ... continue reading


'The priests and nuns will speak out' - Philippine president threatens humanitarian groups with death Watch

Image of Duterte threatened to kill human rights campaigners if they stand in his way (Reuters).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to kill human rights activists for interfering with the bloody war on drugs. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Duterte warned human rights campaigners on Monday after talking up his controversial war on drugs and ... continue reading


Philippine capital may suspend Mass for fear of terror attacks Watch

Image of The Catholic church struggles in the Philippines.

By (CNA/EWTN News)

An uptick in terrorist activity may cause Masses and other liturgical celebrations to be suspended in the capital city of Manila, Philippines, the country's bishop's conference has announced. Manila, Philippines (CNA/EWTN News) - "The church, for practical purposes, ... continue reading


Gillian Anderson joins fight against human trafficking after accepting role in new film 'Sold' Watch

Image of Gillian Anderson plays a photographer who brings to light human trafficking.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Gillian Anderson, best known for her role as Special Agent Dana Scully in the FOX hit series "The X-Files," admitted she was shocked to learn the truth about human trafficking. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Anderson was approached to play a photographer in the ... continue reading


Philippine president vows to cast aside human rights if ISIS dares to attack his people Watch

Image of ISIS in the Philippines.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte released a statement concerning "looming terrorism" and vowed to protect his citizens by any means possible. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Once the terrorists of the Middle East are deprived of the land area, the real estate ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11
1 Then the prophet Elijah arose like a fire, his word flaring like a ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
2 over Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh; rouse your valour and come to our ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 17:10-13
10 And the disciples put this question to him, 'Why then do the scribes ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for December 10th, 2016 Image

Pope Saint Gregory III
December 10: He was just standing there, not doing anything ... Read More