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Malaysia’s Human Trafficking Problem Complicating TPP

Though the US Senate was perfectly willing to surrender some sovereignty to forward the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), human rights advocates were able to insert a provision into the granting of fast track authority that could doom the agreement.

A provision against human trafficking was inserted into the bill which the White House worried could knock Malaysia out of TPP given the country’s longstanding problems with human trafficking. Those problems came into focus again last week when mass graves of human trafficking victims were discovered on the Malaysia side of the Malaysia-Thailand border.

With this latest grisly discovery it is going to be considerably harder for the White House to persuade Congress to take out the human trafficking provision on TPP.

Malaysian authorities said Sunday that they have discovered a series of graves in at least 17 abandoned camps used by human traffickers on the border with Thailand where Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar have been held. The finding follows a similar discovery earlier this month by police in Thailand who unearthed dozens of bodies from shallow graves in abandoned camps on the Thai side of the border.

The grim discoveries are shedding new light on the hidden network of jungle camps run by traffickers, who have for years held countless desperate people captive while extorting ransoms from their families.

Of course, there is an opportunity for spin here by the White House and the Malaysian government – that these latest discoveries prove that Malaysia is making a good faith effort to stop human trafficking and therefore no provision within the TPP fast track bill is necessary. But Malaysia appears to be a long way away from getting control of its human trafficking problem.

The State Department notes Malaysia is not only integrally involved in international human trafficking networks but that the country’s agricultural and domestic industries use forced labor.

Talk about racing to the bottom.

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  • bsbafflesbrains

    With this latest grisly discovery it is going to be considerably harder
    for the White House to persuade Congress to take out the human
    trafficking provision on TPP.

    Thank God for bad optics stepping up to the plate to force asshole Corporations to support humane treatment of Humans since the politicians won’t.

    Tomlin’s Law still in total effect.

  • Alice X

    So Menendez sits in front of Bibi, Zero is pissed, Menendez gets indicted, he puts a much needed poison pill in the TPP.

    Well, they say Menendez was in the cookie jar for not even quite a million bucks. In DC that’s not even a rounding error.

    As I often say, in DC you need a score card to tell the good guys from the bad guys.

    That is if there are any good guys.

    Lambert at Naked Capitalism 5/24/15

    Good News on TPP, as Senate Passes Fast Track Bill with Human Trafficking Poison Pill

    http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2015/05/good-news-on-tpp-as-senate-passes-fast-track-bill-with-human-trafficking-poison-pill.html

  • FishGuyDave

    “Tomlin’s Law”? That’s a new one to me, and I can’t find it on the Tubez. Definition, please?

  • bsbafflesbrains

    “No matter how cynical I get, I can’t keep up” Lily Tomlin 🙂

  • mulp

    “Thank God for bad optics stepping up to the plate to force asshole Corporations to support humane treatment of Humans since the politicians won’t.”

    That assumes the asshole corporations fill warehouses with clothes made by slaves that were trafficked, not that Americans eagerly put Americans out of work to get cheaper clothes and other stuff made by slaves that were trafficked.

    Every dollar you spend is a vote for or against human rights. Every dollar you spend is a vote for or against Americans earning a fair living income. Every dollar you spend on gasoline is a vote for pillage and plunder of nature and of humanity.

    The USA is a low density population nation compared to the nations with the worst trafficking and other human rights problems. Half the population of the earth can come to the US and the US will have a lower population density than the UK. “Keeping them out” by closing border is just driven by greed.

  • JamesJoyce
  • bsbafflesbrains

    Non Sequitur (plum/mulp favorite fallacious argument)

    Latin for “(it) does not follow”. Applied to a statement that’s supposed
    to be a logical consequent of a line of reasoning but in fact is not.
    Technically, a non sequitur is a superclass of many logical fallacies for which a putative consequent doesn’t follow the precedent, such as UndistributedMiddle and ArgumentByAnalogy, but use should be restricted to consequents that don’t fall into another class.

  • JamesJoyce

    Yes Mulp! Irish need not apply!

    Fear, Greed and Ignorance make for nasty scenarios….

  • JamesJoyce

    “Applied to a statement that’s supposed to be a logical consequent of a line of reasoning but in fact is not. ”

    Here is a textbook example of a line of reasoning which is not logical, but embraced due to leaned behavior and is not fact.

    Scott, because of his skin color was an inferior human, therefore, property. Just like “money is speech?”

    These are not facts. These are assertions. Pure garbage like the assertions asserted by a lying vice president to justify invasion. Same types of lies used to invade, Poland in 1939. Fabrications. Same type of assertions to advance TPP?

    One thing is certain, freedom is the direct opposite of leveraged servitude to corporate interests bought with the “undue influence of money,” now deemed speech…

    This is not going to end well at all……….

  • bsbafflesbrains

    We have a crew of trolls who use almost nothing but fallacious argument which is not arguing at all and never adds anything to our fund of knowledge. Our current set of MOTU seems to actually believe these fallacious statements rather than use them to deflect and confuse real facts and logical argument. I agree this won’t end well.

  • JamesJoyce

    “Fund of Knowledge!” I like that. Ike claimed an informed citizen was required to preclude the acquisition of power from running amok leading to a disastrous rise of misplaced power?

    Given Morell’s revelations and the recent pentagon papers concerning ISIS, we are there….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4p6QWwO420

    There was little liberty or freedom in work shops, with free labor.

  • Spire

    that’s such bullshit. Everyone’s doing it! HT has, or nearly has, eclipsed the border drug trade in the SW. Fuquing Epstein got away with trafficking his underage 40+ harem around the friggin’ world! And he gets off with 13 months, 8 hrs a day, and still able to travel. This here is just bells and whistles. Most is women and children, primarily for sex and whatever else they can force them to do. while the world’s “leaders” choose their scapegoat to take the light off them. There are no words.

  • http://mosquitocloud.net/ aprescoup

    Why not go straight to the point, mulp, and point the finger where it needs be pointed: capitalism?

  • Alice X

    I just watched this from Metanoia. Three parts.

    Excellent if you haven’t seen it.

    http://metanoia-films.org/the-power-principle/