North Korea Named ‘Worst Human Trafficking Country’


The US State Department categorised North Korea as one of the “worst human trafficking nations” for the 16th straight year, citing the use of forced labour. According to the annual ‘2018 Trafficking in Persons Report’, North Korea has been included in the Tier 3 category, which is the lowest ranking, along with China, Russia and Iran.
Reasons for categorisation of North Korea as the worst human trafficking country:
1. North Korea used state-sponsored forced labour to fund government functions as well as other illicit activities. 
2. The North Korean government continued to use forced labour in prison camps and labour training centres and even encouraged forced labours of students and exported forced labour to foreign organisations.

The ‘2018 Trafficking in Persons Report’ placed India in Tier 2 category for making significant effort to comply with the US standards. However, India does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.
Source- The Financial Express

Static/Current Takeaways Important for SBI PO/Clerk Exam 2018-
  • North Korea Capital- Pyongyang, Currency- North Korean won, Supreme Leader- Kim Jong-un.
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