AFL-CIO Condemns State Department’s Upgrade of Malaysia on Trafficking List

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–July 27, 2015.  Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the U.S. Government upgrading of Malaysia on its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report:

This decision is wrong and outrageous. It is a political decision that undermines the integrity of the TIP Report and signals that the U.S. is willing to turn a blind eye to modern slavery and grave human and labor rights abuses in order to advance its trade agenda.

The administration has had difficulty securing approval for fast track. Today’s cynical upgrade of a nation where forced labor, human trafficking, and exploitation remain pervasive, undermines its promises on labor rights, human rights, and anti-corruption in trade deals and does not bode well for TPP passage.