Trafficking in Persons Interim Assessment - The Central African Republic
|Publisher||United States Department of State|
|Publication Date||24 February 2010|
|Cite as||United States Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Interim Assessment - The Central African Republic, 24 February 2010, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4b8e7a6923.html [accessed 11 March 2014]|
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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 Central African Republic (CAR) has demonstrated limited law enforcement progress to combat trafficking in persons since the release of the 2009 Report. In September 2009, the National Assembly adopted a new penal code that includes provisions prohibiting trafficking in persons. The government, however, has not developed procedures through which police and social workers may identify trafficking victims among vulnerable populations. The government has not collaborated with NGOs and the international community to provide care to victims, though there exist only a small number of NGOs with very limited capacity. In January 2010, the Minister of Interior spoke on national radio about the overall law and order situation in the CAR, mentioning in particular problems with trafficking in children. The Deputy Minister of Defense tasked a senior gendarmerie official with investigating reports of child soldiers in self defense militias, some of which are government supported, and verbally recognized the importance of ending the practice in the CAR. During the reporting period, there were no NGO or government reports of child sex trafficking victims being placed in jail.