U.S. Human Trafficking Report Gives Taiwan Positive ReviewTaiwan News

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — It was reported Friday (June 16) that Taiwan has been at the top of the U.S. government’s human trafficking reports for the 14th consecutive year.

The report was presented by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Thursday (June 15) in Washington, DC. The document discusses various types of human trafficking and related situations in 180 countries and territories around the world.

Taiwan is a Tier 1 country whose government meets the minimum standards of the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act to eliminate human trafficking. While anti-trafficking efforts in Taiwan have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the report finds that the government and private sector are working together to address the issue, Taiwan Radio International (RTI) reported.

The U.S. State Department cited the role played by Chinese organized crime gangs in Cambodia and other Southeast Asian countries operating “scam factories,” where victims are forced to participate in online fraud. “Taiwan identified and repatriated hundreds of individuals involved in online fraud in Cambodia, and prosecuted dozens of Taiwanese individuals suspected of participating in the initial recruitment,” the document states.

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