If You Torture the Data Long Enough, They Will Submit

It certainly looks as though the Obama Administration is declassify Malaysia as being among the countries with the worst track record in human trafficking:

If the State Department does take Malaysia out of Tier 3 status in the next human trafficking report, it will be hard-pressed to make the case that decision is based on merit. Last year, when Malaysia was downgraded from Tier 2, the department said the country was rife with systematic exploitation of foreign workers through abusive work conditions, de facto indentured servitude, and rampant sex trafficking.

In fact, Malaysia’s downgrade to Tier 3 should have come two years earlier, but the State Department granted it waivers in 2012 and 2013. The Malaysian government promised to address the problem in those two years, but did not, the department found. Last year, the Malaysians actually decreased their anti-trafficking enforcement efforts. U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia Joe Yun said publicly just last month that the Malaysian government had to do more if it wanted to lose its Tier 3 status.

Obama administration officials often argue that a smart foreign policy is achieved when the government properly balances American interests and American values. One argument holds that huge trade deals can pull nations such as Malaysia out of poverty and could benefit workers there immensely, so shouldn’t be held up by isolated human rights issues.

because unless they do their Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement is dead. When your standards are that instrumental, are they really standards at all?

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    Last year, when Malaysia was downgraded from Tier 2, the department said the country was rife with systematic exploitation of foreign workers through abusive work conditions, de facto indentured servitude, and rampant sex trafficking.

    Wait, are we talking about Malaysia or the US?

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