Trafficking in Persons Interim Assessment - Republic of Congo
|Publisher||United States Department of State|
|Publication Date||24 February 2010|
|Cite as||United States Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Interim Assessment - Republic of Congo, 24 February 2010, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4b8e7a6dc.html [accessed 19 May 2013]|
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[From the introductory text accompanying this report on the U.S. Department of State website: "In most cases, the Interim Assessment is intended to serve as a tool by which to gauge the anti-trafficking progress of countries that may be in danger of slipping a tier in the upcoming June 2010 TIP Report and to give them guidance on how to avoid a Tier 3 ranking. It is a tightly focused progress report, assessing the concrete actions a government has taken to address the key deficiencies highlighted in the June 2009 TIP Report. The Interim Assessment covers actions undertaken between the beginning of May – the cutoff for data covered in the June TIP Report – and November. Readers are requested to refer to the annual TIP Report for an analysis of large-scale efforts and a description of the trafficking problem in each particular country or territory."]
The Government of the Republic of Congo has demonstrated progress to combat trafficking in persons since the release of the 2009 Report. The government collaborated with the UN to identify trafficking victims and traffickers through six government-supported judicial clinics. Trafficking victims may file claims against their traffickers at these clinics, which have identified 1,800 victims. A new child protection law with provisions against child trafficking has been passed, but awaits the president's signature before it can go into effect. In collaboration with UNICEF, the government trained police to identify trafficking victims but provided no data on the number of officers trained. The government developed an action plan for the judicial protection of children, including trafficking victims.