Updated: 06/20/2013 03:57 | By Agence France-Presse

US slams China, Russia for human trafficking

The United States on Wednesday downgraded China, Russia and Uzbekistan to the bottom of a list for failing to make greater efforts to combat human trafficking, a move which may spark sanctions.


US slams China, Russia for human trafficking

A group of children wait to reunite with their parents after police rescued them from human traffickers in Guiyang, southwest China's Guizhou province on October 29, 2009. The United States on Wednesday downgraded China, Russia and Uzbekistan to the bottom of a list for failing to make greater efforts to combat human trafficking, a move which may spark sanctions.

The sharp blow came in the State Department's annual report into human trafficking after the three nations languished for years on a US watch list, having been granted past waivers after promises to do better.

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