An influential annual report into people trafficking was published Monday, June 27, by the U.S. Government showing how national governments are faring in the fight. The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report ranks countries according to efforts made to stop trafficking, help the victims and how a government works with other agencies. It gathers information from embassies, charities and individual stories. For countries dropping down into the bottom tier it can mean some sanctions and the loss of some U.S. aid.
Tier 1 countries meet the minimum guidelines but are expected to do more to rise above the baseline. Tier 2 countries do not meet the minimum standards but are making significant efforts to reach them. Tier 2 Watch countries do not meet the minimum standards and also have a large number of victims or there is no evidence of the anti-trafficking work being done. Tier 3 countries do not fully comply with the minimum standards and are not making significant efforts to meet them.
Source: U.S. State Department