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US Gives Malaysia Questionable Upgrade in Human Trafficking Ranks

Malaysia moved up one notch to the second tier of the U.S. State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report covering 188 governments despite objections from human rights campaigners and a substantial portion of the U.S. Congress. Malaysia’s upgrade is seen as removing a barrier to the country’s participation in the U.S.-led 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership. Final negotiations on the trade pact are being held this week in Hawaii. At a briefing on Monday at the State...

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