Florida Senator Marco Rubio is applauding the state department for issuing downgrades for countries that have failed to take tougher actions to prevent Human Trafficking. This includes China who was downgraded to tier 3 on the State Department’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report released this week.
In his remarks Rubio acknowledges that battle against Human Trafficking is a global fight that includes Florida, where local, state and federal officials continue to crack down on offenders who are often visiting from other countries.
“Human trafficking remains one of the most urgent human rights issues of our time.” say Rubio “Traffickers prey on the most vulnerable among us. This crime knows no boundaries—it occurs in almost every corner of the globe, as well as in our own backyard, including in my home state of Florida. As chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, I strongly commend the Trump Administration for downgrading China to Tier 3 in the State Department’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report.”
Rubio also commended the state department for taking a tougher stance against Nicaragua. A low rating on the report may result in sanctions against the country in question. Earlier this year, Rubio and New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Martinez sponsored a measure to increase the transparency behind the preparation of the report.