WASHINGTON - Pakistan may be included in the US human trafficking watch list, which may trigger travel curbs and aid cut.
The State Department has sought tough answers from Pakistani authorities to demonstrate the country’s efforts to curb human trafficking for financial and sexual exploitation.
The US authorities may downgrade Pakistan to ‘Tier Three’ of their ‘Trafficking in Persons (TIP)’ watch list in case Washington is not convinced by the report Islamabad is supposed to submit with the State Department (Monitoring Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling) by end of this month.
The latest development comes amid rising tension between two major war on terror allies since the US President Donald Trump announced new strategy for the region accusing Pakistan of terror financing.
If Pakistan, which is already on ‘Tier Two’ (watch list) since 2013 downgraded to ‘Tier Three’ then it would join the club of Iran, China, Syria, Russia, etc. who are among the worst offenders for human trafficking on the lowest rung of the annual TIP report.
Islamabad has already been consumed a waiver of two additional years since it was put on ‘Tier Two’ (watch list) in 2015. If a nation sits on the ‘Tier Two’ watch list for two years, it's automatically downgraded to ‘Tier Three’, unless the Department decides to waive it for a maximum of two years.