By  on June 30, 2016

WASHINGTON — The State Department on Thursday shined the spotlight on five countries — Vietnam, Guatemala, Russia, Chile and Jordan — that it says use forced labor in garment manufacturing, while it singled out Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and others for using forced labor in cotton production.

The countries were identified in the department’s “2016 Trafficking in Persons Report,” which 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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