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US ranks Myanmar among worst for human trafficking

Laos also downgraded for failure to tackle traffickers and complicit officials

The makeshift shelters of Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, become more vulnerable with the onset of storms and heavy rain. (Getty Images)

BANGKOK -- The annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report by the U.S. State Department downgraded Myanmar to the worst rating possible, citing the government's failure to provide legal status to the Rohingya Muslim ethnic minority, resulting in their increased vulnerability to human trafficking and forced labor.

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