Taiwan maintains Tier 1 human trafficking ranking for 8th year

The China Post

Taiwan was placed under Tier 1 for the eighth straight year in the 2017 U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons report issued on July 27.

The ranking indicates that Taiwan has demonstrated a serious and sustained effort in prosecuting offenders and raising public awareness of human trafficking.

Taiwan was among 36 Tier 1 countries in the world and one of the four Tier 1 countries in the Asia-Pacific, along with Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.

Japan and Singapore were placed in Tier 2, and mainland China was downgraded to Tier 3 in the 2017 report.

Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior held a two-day workshop last week, inviting local and foreign government officials and NGOs to discuss ways to combat human trafficking.

The workshop, called “International Workshop on Strategies for Combating Human Trafficking,” saw experts responding to recommendations made in the U.S. State Department’s report.

Taiwan established a dedicated agency to address the problem of human trafficking in January 2007, according to the Interior Ministry.