As promised in an earlier post, SAAHTT will now explain Country Tier Placings in the Trafficking in Persons Report and what they mean.
So what is the Trafficking in Persons Report anyway?
The United States Department of State is required by law to submit a report (trafficking in persons report) to the US Congress on foreign governments efforts to eliminate all forms of human trafficking. The report seeks to raise global awareness of human trafficking and encourage foreign governments to take effective action against all forms of trafficking in perosns.
Countries whose governments fully comply with minimum standards of the United States’ Trafficking Victims Protection Act (will breakdown this landmark US legislation later). Basically these are countries taking the most progressive steps to deal with human trafficking.
Countries whose governments do not fully comply with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s minimum standards but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance. There is evidence of will and action towards full compliance/ towards efforts to combat trafficking.
Tier 2 Watchlist
Countries whose governments do not fully comply with the TVPA’s minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards AND:
a) The absolute number of victims of severe forms of trafficking is very significant or is
significantly increasing; or
b) There is a failure to provide evidence of increasing efforts to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons from the previous year; or
c) The determination that a country is making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with minimum standards was based on commitments by the country to take additional future steps over the next year
Countries whose governments do not fully comply with the minimum standards and are not making significant efforts to do so.
This is the understanding (sort of….):
Tier 2 watchlist=Bad
Tier 3= Worse