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Senators concerned US 'politicized' trafficking report

Undersecretary of state for human rights Sarah Sewall testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on August 6, 2015 in Washington, DCUS lawmakers voiced concern Thursday that the State Department upgraded several countries’ rankings in its annual human trafficking report for political reasons, particularly Malaysia which is negotiating a sweeping Pacific trade accord. Undersecretary of state for human rights Sarah Sewall faced a grilling by members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who questioned why Secretary of State John Kerry would reward Kuala Lumpur despite little evidence that the government had taken strides to improve its dismal anti-trafficking record.

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