HK pushes for UK-style anti-slavery law

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Hong Kong should introduce a law that will stamp out human trafficking and stop illegal profits passing through the financial hub, a lawmaker who is spearheading an anti-slavery campaign has urged.

Since 2016, Hong Kong has been placed by the US State Department on the second-lowest ranking in its annual Trafficking in Persons report, alongside countries like Rwanda and Pakistan, for not doing enough to tackle human trafficking.

Campaigners say exploitation in the sex industry is common and forced labour is rife among 370,000 foreign domestic workers in the former British colony, which maintains a laissez-faire economic system despite its return to Chinese rule in 1997.

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