The discovery of mass graves of trafficking victims and migrants on the Malaysian-Thai border has endangered President Barack Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership – a controversial trade pact with Malaysia and 10 other countries that could boost American economic growth.
While the Senate gave Obama the power to further negotiate TPP with other countries, the legislation barred the U.S. from taking part in a trade deal with countries that engage in slavery – a clause that inevitable excludes Malaysia from the pact since the Southeast Asian country is one of the world’s hot-beds of human trafficking.
Yet, the White House is fighting hard to get rid of the anti-slavery provision – probably because Malaysia is close to the Strait of Malacca, a key shipping lane for world trade.
“The House, according to sources familiar with trade deal negotiations, plans to strip Senate language from fast-track legislation that would ban countries that are the worst human-trafficking and forced-labor offenders from being part of big trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” The Huffington Post reported.
The following photos of abandoned human trafficking camps in Malaysia are but a glimpse of what the Obama administration is willing to ignore for the sake of “boosting U.S. economic growth and supporting American jobs.”