Mr. Speaker, the United States is finally holding China accountable for its longstanding human trafficking abuses. In the State Department's 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report, China was downgraded to the worst level: tier 3.

This means that, in the past year, the Chinese have done little to nothing to end human trafficking, which is nothing more than modern-day slavery in this communist nation. China's crimes include state-sponsored forced labor, sex trafficking, and trafficking of children, men, and women from other countries.

This puts China alongside some of the world's worst offenders of human rights: Russia, Syria, and Iran. It illegally detains and tortures its own people, as well as U.S. citizens that are there.

It also restricts the fundamental human right to free speech and freedom of religion. China is allowing labor and sex trafficking to flourish in its borders.

Now the entire world knows what has been taking place behind their great wall of brutality: abuse.

And that is just the way it is.