The release of the State Department’s latest Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) revealed that Asia is home to some of the worst perpetrators of illegal human trafficking.
China has now joined the ranks of Russia, North Korea, Iran, and a handful of other countries as Tier 3 violators of human trafficking laws.
The United States has urged the Sri Lankan government to investigate and prosecute government officials suspected of complicity in human trafficking.
The 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report released by US Secretary of State John Kerry last week, said that Sri Lanka needs to improve efforts to investigate and prosecute suspected trafficking offenses.
It was 2002, I was South Asia correspondent for a German magazine. The dubious honour of being the deadliest separatist outfit in the world was then held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
Yet another instance of Sri Lankan refugees or nationals becoming victims of human smugglers has come to the fore with the latest incident off Nagapattinam.
It election time again in Sri Lanka. Late on Wednesday night, the North Central, Sabaragamuwa and Eastern Province Councils were dissolved. The Northern Province continues to be the only one without an elected council.
Indian Police on Tuesday busted a human trafficking racket in Chennai and arrested two Sri Lankan Tamils for collecting money from refugees staying in camps in the state promising to take them to Australia through illegal ferries.
The Kollam police claimed to have busted a human trafficking racket on Sunday night with the arrest of two groups of Sri Lankan Tamils, one from a fishing boat off the coast and the other from Mukkad area of Kavanad in the city.
The Global Slavery Index for 2013 has made the shocking revelation that India with a colossal 14 million slaves tops the list of the 162 countries surveyed by the Global Slavery Index,while the UK which is also in the forefront of a vicious campaign of vilification against Sri Lanka has been charged with alarming systematic failures.