In early June, Paul Bernish reported that the media seemed unusually quiet about the US State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report and dared to ask whether this had to do with the fact that China had been exposed as a nation making insufficient efforts to combat the issue.
China, which is host to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing has a curiously benign ranking despite its shortcomings in fighting trafficking.
China, the report charges, has made insufficient efforts to combat trafficking,especially in regards to North Korean women who are trafficked into China as ‘wives’ or prostitutes. Those North Koreans unlucky enough to be returned by authorities to North Korea routinely are punished by the North Korean regime, said Ambassador Mark Lagon, the director of the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
Whether China deserves a lower ranking, one thing’s for sure: with the Beijing Olympics about to begin, it would have been reasonable to expect that the trafficking report would have generated much more extensive world-wide coverage. It still might, but it’s disappointing to see the international news media ignore profoundly important human rights issues to focus, instead, on athletic competition in a nation that appears to flaunt essential protections for its citizens.
The news about the report continue to be minimal.
Read the entire article at The Freedom Center. Or check out the US State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report yourself.