Burma has dismissed a U.S. State Department report that accuses the military government of failing to combat human trafficking.
Burma's foreign ministry said today the report unjustifiably includes the country on a list of nations that have not complied with the minimum standards or made a significant effort to combat trafficking.
The State Department report, issued earlier this month, says people from Burma are trafficked to Thailand, China, Malaysia and other Asian countries for sexual exploitation, domestic service and forced labor.
The U.S. government document says the military junta's economic mismanagement, human-rights abuses and use of forced labor are at the root of the trafficking problem. Burma's military rulers say they are making efforts to fight human trafficking.
Information for this report is provided by AFP and Reuters.