Thai Government Hires Washington Lobbyists to Avoid Downgrade in the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report
The US recently launched its 13th Annual Trafficking in Persons Report. According to project member Ann Gallagher, its influence is still “undeniable.” One of the reasons is that while governments may distrust the report and question its findings, they dread a negative assessment. For example, Thailand recently drew attention by retaining expensive Washington lobbyists in an ultimately unsuccessful effort to avoid a downgrade in this year’s TiP report. The Royal Thai embassy in Washington, DC even went so far as to issue a press release disagreeing with the State Department’s decision to downgrade it to the lowest ranking—instead highlighting the government’s “significant advances in prevention and suppression of human trafficking.” For more background and analysis read Ann Gallagher’s article “The Trafficking Watchlist May be Flawed, but it’s the Best Measure We Have” here.
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