KOREA - North Korea remains a source country for trafficking humans for forced labor and sexual exploitation, and South Korea also actively trades women and girls for sex in and out of the nation, according to a U.S. report.
An annual U.S. report by the Department of State said a growing number of South Korean women and girls are traded within the country and to other destinations including Japan, Hong Kong and even Western Europe.
The report, titled ``Trafficking in Persons Report’’ for 2008 attributed the causes of the trend to South Korea's strict law against domestic sex trafficking, adding that South Korea is a source of sex trafficking for women from Uzbekistan, the Philippines, Thailand and China.
It classified the North as a ``tier three’’ country under the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protections Act (TVPA) this year. Tier three is the lowest possible rank and refers to countries that fail to satisfy the minimum conditions required. It said the North Korean government ``does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so.’’...
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