WASHINGTON—The U.S. stepped up its criticism of China in a global assessment of human trafficking practices released on Tuesday, a move likely to inflame tensions with Beijing.
The State Department report details U.S. concerns in China about state-sponsored forced labor, sex trafficking and China’s treatment of North Korean citizens who are forced laborers there. More broadly, the annual report examines trafficking and ranks countries based on how they are confronting the problem.
The U.S. estimates there are 20 million trafficking victims globally
China was moved in the report to Tier 3, a category with countries including Iran…
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