U.S. senators concerned over Malaysia human-trafficking rating

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Posted: Jul 15, 2015 10:43 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nineteen U.S. senators, including Democrats and Republicans, sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday expressing "grave concern" that Malaysia may be upgraded in this year's U.S. list of human trafficking offenders.

"A premature upgrade of Malaysia would undermine the integrity of the TIP (Trafficking in Persons) report process and compromise our international efforts to fight human trafficking," they said in the letter, which was obtained by Reuters.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle)