In 2014, the U.S. government upped China from a Tier three status to a Tier two watch list on its Trafficking In Persons (TIP) report because they supposedly tweaked their One Child Policy to allow families to have two children instead of one.
The TIP report said the following about the 2014 change: “The PRC government maintained efforts to prevent trafficking in persons. In November 2013, the government modified its birth limitation policy to allow families with one single-child parent to have a second child, a change that may affect future demand for prostitution and for foreign women as brides for Chinese men – both of which may be procured by force or coercion.”
Unfortunately, in the 2015 report, the U.S. government has not changed the Tier two status even though human rights abuses are worse than ever in China and they were advised to do so by various experts. The Trafficking in Persons report is supposed to be a resource for the government to keep an eye on human rights violations around the world. Reuters explained the ratings like this: “Tier 1 for nations that meet minimum U.S. standards; Tier 2 for those making significant efforts to meet those standards; Tier 2 “Watch List” for those that deserve special scrutiny; and Tier 3 for countries that fail to comply with the minimum U.S. standards and are not making significant efforts.”
As LifeNews previously reported, in China, the human trafficking industry is booming thanks to China’s brutal one-child policy, which has taken the lives of 400 million unborn children since it took effect 34 years ago. In 2013, Adam Minter, a writer for Bloomberg View, said that the Chinese government reported that 117.6 boys were born for every 100 girls. The normal ratio is 103 to 106 boys per 100 girls. Minter also mentioned that men who live in the country are more inclined to take “foreign-born brides” since many young women move to the city.
Minter explained, “In China, daughters are expected to marry up — and in a country where men far outnumber women, the opportunities to do so are excellent, especially in the cities to which so many of China’s rural women move. The result is that bride prices — essentially dowries paid to the families of daughters — are rising, especially in the countryside. One 2011 study on bride prices found that they’d increased 70-fold between the 1960s and 1990s in just one representative, rural hamlet.”
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In the Reuters examination, researchers found that the government office was repeatedly overruled by senior American diplomats and pressured into giving better ratings for over a dozen important countries in this year’s report. In fact, Reuters said, “Analysts in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons – or J/TIP, as it’s known within the U.S. government — disagreed with U.S. diplomatic bureaus on ratings for 17 countries..”
Of course, a spokesman for the State Department said the ratings were not inflated and not politicized. John Kirby said, “As is always the case, final decisions are reached only after rigorous analysis and discussion between the TIP office, relevant regional bureaus and senior State Department leaders.”
Congressman Chris Smith, the author of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA), criticized President Obama for ignoring the serious human rights abuses in China; and now in a press release Rep. Smith has commented on the new report.
He said, “This report, the 15th annual report since I first wrote our nation’s anti-trafficking law, is not only six weeks late but it has careened off into a new direction where the facts regarding each government’s actions in the fight against human trafficking are given almost no weight when put up against the President’s political agenda.”
Rep. Smith also said that he believed the ratings of Malaysia and Cuba were inflated in the 2015 report.
He said, “In April, I chaired my 17th hearing that focused solely on trafficking and there was no indication in the expert testimony provided that either Malaysia or Cuba had done anything to warrant an upgrade, or to suggest that victims of trafficking are in a better situation in either country than they were last year. What has changed?”
He concluded, “It seems quite clear that Malaysia’s role in the TPP and Cuba’s unchecked march to normalized relations have captured the Obama Administration’s ability to properly assess the worst of the worst when it comes to fighting to protect trafficking victims and punish the thugs who mastermind this modern day slavery. It is no coincidence that earlier this year the Obama Administration also removed Cuba from the national list of state sponsors of terrorism. One-by-one this Administration is overriding human rights and national security policies for another agenda.”