US downgrades Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela on human trafficking

June 20, 2014 3:07 PM

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US downgrades Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela on human trafficking

Washington: The US State Department has downgraded Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela to its list of the world's worst centres of human trafficking, opening up the countries to possible sanctions and dumping them in the same category as North Korea and Syria.

The three countries were all downgraded to the lowest "Tier 3" status in the US State Department's 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report as they did not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.

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