By US Department of State –
Tier 1 countries are those whose governments fully comply with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s (TVPA) minimum standards. Governments of Tier 2 countries do not fully comply with the TVPA minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards. The Tier 2 Watch List applies to those where the number of trafficking victims is very significant or is significantly increasing, and there’s a failure to provide evidence of increasing efforts to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons from the previous year. Governments of Tier 3 countries do not fully comply with the minimum standards and are not making significant efforts to do so.
Meanwhile, a total of 339 people, including four human traffickers were reportedly arrested Monday while attempting to illegally travel to Libya through Egypt’s Western Desert towns of Sallum, Siwa, and Matrouh. [Egypt Independent, 7/28/2015]