Two Democratic Senators Hit Obama on Human Trafficking

MARK STRICHERZ (80)

February 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — Two Democratic senators raised fresh doubts about the Obama administration's efforts to halt human trafficking in Cuba and Malaysia, whose governments are listed on a recent State Department report as among the 23 most negligent in the world.

Senators Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Ben Cardin of Maryland aired their grievances with the White House at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Wednesday. They said the administration's policies on liberalizing trade relations and combating human trafficking were inconsistent. While the State Department lists Cuba and Malaysia as high-level or "tier three" violators of a decade-old anti-trafficking law, Obama has urged  Congress to lift a trade embargo on Cuba and to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership, whose signatories include Malaysia...