Schakowsky Statement on Malaysia being upgraded in the State Department's Trafficking in Persons Report

July 27, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement in response to the State Department’s decision to upgrade Malaysia in the Trafficking in Persons Report, which was released today:

“I am disappointed that the State Department has chosen to upgrade Malaysia in this year’s Trafficking in Persons Report.  This month, I joined 159 Members of Congress in writing to Secretary of State John Kerry to share our concerns about the situation in Malaysia, and reports that their status would be upgraded from Tier 3.  Unfortunately, today’s announcement confirms those reports. 

As noted in our letter, rather than working diligently to improve its record on human trafficking, Malaysia’s government has shown little interest in taking the steps necessary to help those harmed by human trafficking. While maintaining its Tier 3 status would have made Malaysia ineligible for participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, I firmly believe that Malaysia should remain ranked in Tier 3 until they fully address the serious issue of human trafficking is addressed.”