A Rohingya child plays with balloons at a temporary shelter in Kuala Cangkoi, Lhoksukon, Aceh province, Indonesia

Top senator demands State Department documents on human trafficking report

A Rohingya child plays with balloons at a temporary shelter in Kuala Cangkoi, Lhoksukon, Aceh province, IndonesiaBy Matt Spetalnick and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A powerful Senate committee demanded on Thursday that the State Department hand over all the documents used to rank countries in its annual human trafficking report as lawmakers expressed concern it had been watered down due to political considerations. Senator Bob Corker, Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations panel, issued the order as members grilled a senior State Department official over whether politics trumped human rights in the higher grades given this year to strategically important countries like Malaysia and Cuba. The contentious hearing followed a Reuters examination, based on interviews with more than a dozen sources in Washington and foreign capitals, that showed the State Department office set up to independently rate countries’ efforts to fight human trafficking was repeatedly overruled by senior U.S. diplomats.

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