Korean team in US for consultations on human trafficking concerns
WASHINGTON (Yonhap) -- A South Korean inter-agency team is on a visit to Washington for discussions on the U.S. government's concern over alleged human trafficking problems in the Asian nation, a diplomatic source said Tuesday.
The delegation is led by Vice Justice Minister Kil Tae-ki and includes officials from the Foreign Ministry, the Labor Ministry, and the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, the source said.
Their trip is aimed at consultations with U.S. government officials on ways to cooperate on the human trafficking issue, according to the source.
In its annual report last month, the State Department maintained its opinion that South Korea serves as a "source, transit, and destination country for men and women subjected to forced prostitution and forced labor."
It added some foreign women who entered the country on entertainment visas were forced into prostitution.
The report, however, said the South Korean government "fully complies with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking."
The team had consultations with Maria Otero, under secretary of state for civilian security, democracy, and human rights, and James Cole, deputy attorney general, added the source.