U.S. Department of State 2002 Trafficking in Persons Report - Armenia
|Publisher||United States Department of State|
|Author||Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons|
|Publication Date||5 June 2002|
|Cite as||United States Department of State, U.S. Department of State 2002 Trafficking in Persons Report - Armenia, 5 June 2002, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4680d78af.html [accessed 18 December 2013]|
Armenia (Tier 3)
Armenia is a source country for women and girls trafficked to the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Russia, Greece and Germany for sexual exploitation.
The Government of Armenia does not fully comply with minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so. There is no law against trafficking, but there are laws against falsification or seizure of passports and personal identification documents, pandering, and rape. The Protocol on Trafficking in Persons has been signed and once ratified it would become operative law in Armenia. Given its limited resources, the government investigates only a small number of trafficking cases. Only three cases of trafficking were initiated in 2001. Courts are lenient on traffickers and cases do not usually result in punishment of the exploiters. There is no specialized training for law enforcement on trafficking. Law enforcement makes efforts to cooperate with foreign counterparts. Some individual law enforcement officers may be corrupt, but corruption is not institutionalized or organized. In terms of protection, there are few resources available or devoted to services for victims. The government has not initiated any prevention or public awareness campaigns because of a lack of funds. However, the government has expressed a willingness to work with NGOs and international organizations to develop a prevention program. The government has shown signs that it recognizes a growing problem of trafficking but has not developed a national plan nor taken significant steps to counter trafficking.