US praises Taiwan’s efforts to combat human trafficking

The US State Department has ranked Taiwan as a tier one country in its 2017 report on human trafficking. This is the eighth year in a row that Taiwan has been ranked among the top countries in the world for its efforts to fight human trafficking.

Taiwan's National Immigration Agency said that the report, out on Tuesday, is an acknowledgement of the country's efforts in combating human trafficking. The agency said the efforts are most notable in the prevention of human-trafficking activities, prosecuting suspects, protecting victims, and partnering up with other nations.

The US report has also listed a few areas in which Taiwan can improve. These include, among other things, increasing prosecutors' and judges' understanding of human trafficking, and revising laws to ensure labor rights for domestic workers. The immigration agency says those issues will be addressed in the near future.

The US State Department also for the first time presented a Taiwanese labor rights activist with the Hero Acting to End Modern Slavery Award. The Taiwanese awardee is Allison Lee, the secretary-general of the Yilan Migrant Fishermen Union, which is Taiwan's first labor union composed of and led by foreign workers. Lee has worked on labor issues for more than 20 years, and for the past five years, she has focused on ensuring the labor rights of foreign fishermen in Taiwan.

Source: Radio Taiwan International