By  on July 27, 2015

WASHINGTON – The State Department identified instances of forced labor in garment and cotton production in several countries, including Vietnam and Guatemala, in its annual human trafficking report released on Monday.

The “2015 Trafficking in Persons Report” places countries on different tiers based on a government’s actions to combat human trafficking, which the State Department equates to “modern day slavery.” Being downgraded to Tier 3 can trigger economic and military sanctions against a country.

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