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US human trafficking downgrade 'regrettable': Myanmar

Myanmar’s new civilian government rebuffed a United States decision to brand the country as one of the world’s worst human trafficking offenders on Friday, calling the move “regrettable” at a time when the nascent democracy is finding its feet. The US State Department downgraded Myanmar in its annual human trafficking report Thursday, putting the former junta-run country into the lowest “Tier 3” category for failing to combat people smuggling and slavery. Years of poverty and corruption under Myanmar’s former military rulers have fastened the Southeast Asian nation as a major source of forced labour and sex trafficking.

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