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EXCLUSIVE: U.S. adds Myanmar to trafficking blacklist

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>> A new edition to one of America's most notorious blacklists. US officials exclusively telling Reuters that Myanmar is getting added to Washington's index of the world's worst countries for human trafficking. The move is designed pressure on Aung San Suu Kyi's new government to clamp down on child soldiers and forced labor.
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But as Reuter's Anthony Slodkovsky reports, it's really aimed at those who were in power before Suu Kyi.>> The only political actor that's continuing here and which is very significant when it comes to the tip report, is the military. Even though it's made progress it continues recruitment of child soldiers.
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The key thing for the US administration here was whether the military. Which is a powerful political player in Myanmar may continue to engage with international actors on issues such as child soldiering even after a downgrade.>> The report is also a way for the US to call out Myanmar for its treatment of Rohingya Muslims.
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Last year it's said Myanmar left 800.000 Rohingyas stateless and vulnerable to trafficking. And it's not just gangs that are running the human trade. Its government officials are still complicit in trafficking as evidenced by basically a zero prosecution of civilian government officials involved in trafficking. And it means that the government isn't going after the officials involved in trafficking and isn't holding them accountable.
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>> A Reuters investigation found senior diplomats bypass suggestions to downgrade Myanmar on last year's trafficking list. But this year it's labeled Tier 3 with the likes of Syria, Iran and North Korea. That could mean more sanctions and less aid for a country only just stepping out of the shadow of a military dictatorship.