WASHINGTON – The U.S. is crediting Singapore, Laos and the Philippines with improved efforts to combat human trafficking while aiming tough criticism at many Asian governments for failing to check exploitation of migrant labourers.

The State Department faults Myanmar for continued recruitment of child soldiers and tolerance of forced labour by military and local authorities, and reports North Korean border guards are complicit in the trafficking of women to China.

The assessments are made in the department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report released Monday.
The report ranks 184 countries worldwide, principally on their governments efforts’ to tackle the problem, which is widespread in the Asia-Pacific region. –The Associated Press