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Human Rights:
Human Trafficking in the Middle East

(2005 - Present)


Human Rights: Table of Contents | Religious Freedom | Human Development


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The U.S. State Department publishes an annual index on human trafficking practices around the world in an effort to monitor and combat the trafficking in persons. "Trafficking in persons" and "human trafficking" are umbrella terms for the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.
Human trafficking is monitored as sex trafficking, child sex trafficking, forced labor, bonded labor or debt bondage, involuntary domestic servitude, forced child labor, and the unlawful recruitment and use of child soldiers.
Each country in the world is ranked in one of four tiers:
Tier 1 (Fully comply with minimum standards for elimination of trafficking);
Tier 2 (Do not fully comply with minimum standards but are making significant progress);
Tier 2 Watch List (Do not fully comply, are making progress but number of victims is increasing);
Tier 3 (Do not fully comply with minimum standards & are not making significant efforts to do so)
The following chart ranks the Middle East:
Country
2013
Designation
2012
Designation
2010
Designation
2005
Designation
Algeria
Tier 3
Tier 3
Tier 2 Watch List
Tier 2
Bahrain
Tier 2 Watch List
Tier 2 Watch List
Tier 2
Tier 2 Watch List
Egypt
Tier 2
Tier 2
Tier 2
Tier 2
Iran
Tier 3
Tier 3
Tier 3
Tier 2
Iraq
Tier 2
Tier 2 Watch List
Tier 2 Watch List
--
Israel
Tier 1
Tier 1
Tier 2
Tier 2
Jordan
Tier 2
Tier 2
Tier 2
--
Kuwait
Tier 3
Tier 3
Tier 3
Tier 3
Lebanon
Tier 2 Watch List
Tier 2 Watch List
Tier 2 Watch List
Tier 2
Libya
Tier 3
Tier 3
Tier 2 Watch List
Tier 2
Morocco
Tier 2 Watch List
Tier 2
Tier 2
Tier 1
Oman
Tier 2
Tier 2
Tier 2
Tier 2
Qatar
Tier 2
Tier 2
Tier 2 Watch List
Tier 3
Saudi Arabia
Tier 3
Tier 3
Tier 3
Tier 3
Syria
Tier 3
Tier 3
Tier 2 Watch List
Tier 2
Tunisia
Tier 2 Watch List
Tier 2
Tier 2 Watch List
--
United Arab Emirates
Tier 2
Tier 2
Tier 2
Tier 3
Yemen
Tier 3
Tier 3
Tier 2 Watch List
Tier 2

Sources: U.S. Department of State

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