Human trafficking cases surge in Qatar, but number of convictions fall

For the second year in a row, Qatar has been put on the US State Department’s “watch list” for insufficient efforts to combat human trafficking.

In its newly released 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report, the US said Qatar continues to be ranked in the third-worst out of four classifications for “not fully complying with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.”

The report ranks 188 countries by classifying the ones that do the most to fight forced labor in tier one, and the least in tier three. Tier two includes a watch list for nations in danger of dropping to tier three.

Qatar was downgraded last year from tier-two, the current classification of the UAE and Oman.

Meanwhile, Bahrain showed an improvement this year, moving from the tier-two watch list to tier-two.
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Source News: Doha News
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