Release of 2023 Trafficking in Persons Report: Hong Kong and Macau

Secretary of State Antony Blinken released the U.S. government’s annual assessment of efforts to combat trafficking in persons around the world, the 2023 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, on June 15, 2023.

This year, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region was upgraded from Tier 2 Watch List to Tier 2, a positive change that reflects the city’s overall progress in and commitment to combatting trafficking in persons.  The Macau Special Administrative Region remained at Tier 3 because it did not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and did not make significant efforts to do so.

Upon the report’s release, Secretary of State Blinken said, “I am proud of the progress we have made in the fight against human trafficking.  There is more work to be done.  We will continue to improve and adapt our efforts to combat this crime, and build stronger partnerships with governments, businesses, survivor leaders, and NGOs.”

The Trafficking in Persons Report is the U.S. government’s principal diplomatic and diagnostic tool to partner with foreign governments on human trafficking.  It is the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-trafficking efforts and reflects the United States’ commitment to global leadership on those key human rights, law enforcement, and national security issues.

The full reports are available here: 2023 Trafficking in Persons Report
See the United States’ National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking here: The National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking (December 2021) (PDF 792 KB)