U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report Urges Greater Prevention, Prosecution and Protection

U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report Urges Greater Prevention, Prosecution and Protection in the Fight against Trafficking in Persons

 

On June 27, 2017, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released the seventeenth annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The U.S. Congress mandates the report to measure annual progress made by countries around the world on combatting trafficking in persons. Senegal is one of 187 countries, including the United States, evaluated in the report.

In this year’s TIP report, Senegal remains on the Tier 2 Watch List.  While the Government of Senegal did not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, it is making significant efforts towards those standards, including by instituting a campaign against forced child begging and by providing services to at least 1,547 victims.  However, the government’s actions in this area and in fighting other forms of trafficking such as domestic servitude and sex trafficking, did not demonstrate overall increasing efforts in the areas of prevention, prosecution and protection to graduate from the Tier 2 Watch List.  Actions resulting from President Sall’s recent call to continue the fight against forced child labor will be taken into account in the 2018 report.

Like all those committed to protecting the most vulnerable, we welcome President Sall’s reaffirmation of support for the anti-forced begging campaign during last week’s Council of Ministers meeting, but recognize that more work needs to be done to combat trafficking in Senegal.  The 2017 TIP report makes specific suggestions. Specifically, it calls for effective law enforcement through greater investigation, prosecution and conviction of trafficking offenders; training for those who work with trafficking victims; standardizing and increasing the resources available to victims; increasing inspections and workplace regulations in informal sectors; expanding the mapping of daaras; fully implementing the national action plan to combat trafficking; developing a mechanism to monitor all identified trafficking victims who are returned to formerly exploitative Koranic schools; and broadening awareness of trafficking problems among the general public.

The U.S. Government is committed to working with the Government of Senegal and partner organizations to find solutions to these complex and difficult problems.

We are encouraged by the progress that was made by our local partners and applaud the Government of Senegal’s efforts to build consensus to combat trafficking, and we urge all who have a hand in fighting trafficking in persons in Senegal to continue these efforts.

Link to 2017 TIP Report: https://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/2017/index.htm

Link to TIP Country Report on Senegal: https://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/countries/2017/271272.htm

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