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What Do the Tiers of the Trafficking in Persons Report Mean?

Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Washington, DC
June 3, 2005

Tier 1

Countries that fully comply with the The Trafficking in Persons Actís minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.

Tier 2

Countries that do not fully comply with the minimum standards but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance.

Tier 2 Watch List

Countries on Tier 2 requiring special scrutiny because of a high or significantly increasing number of victims; failure to provide evidence of increasing efforts to combat trafficking in persons; or an assessment as Tier 2 based on commitments to take action over the next year.

Tier 3

Countries that neither satisfy the minimum standards nor demonstrate a significant effort to come into compliance. Countries in this tier are subject to potential non-humanitarian and non-trade sanctions.


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