The United States Fashion Industry Association signed onto comments developed by the Cotton Campaign to the U.S. State Department concerning Uzbekistan's placement in the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report (J/TIP). The main message is that Uzbekistan should again be placed in Tier 3 in the 2014 report. In 2013, the Uzbek government once again used forced labor of children and adults on a massive scale as a matter of state policy, in violation of national laws and international standards. Uzbekistan does not meet the minimum standards of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, nor is it yet taking real steps to meet those standards. An upgrade to another placement would reward the government of Uzbekistan in spite of its continued, flagrant disregard of its national laws and international commitments. The Tier 3 placement would, on the other hand, communicate the need to end forced labor to the Uzbek government. Clear messages from the U.S. government, the European Union and multilateral agencies have contributed to key policy decisions by the Uzbek government.
USFIA Joins Cotton Campaign Comments to State Department on Uzbekistan