Extract from “(28/08/2015) TPP politics? US upgrade of Malaysia’s human trafficking score draws criticism”

Critics of the move lashed out at the Obama administration, arguing that the decision to upgrade Malaysia had little to do with its government’s efforts to fight human trafficking and more to do with the president’s desire to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

“Malaysia’s record on stopping trafficking in persons is far from sufficient to justify this upgrade,” Human Rights Watch said in a statement to Reuters. “This upgrade is more about the TPP and US trade politics than anything Malaysia did to combat human trafficking.”

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