U.S. Department of State 2001 Trafficking in Persons Report - Cote D'Ivoire
|Publisher||United States Department of State|
|Author||Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons|
|Publication Date||12 July 2001|
|Cite as||United States Department of State, U.S. Department of State 2001 Trafficking in Persons Report - Cote D'Ivoire, 12 July 2001, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4680d76cc.html [accessed 19 April 2015]|
Cote D'Ivoire (Tier 2)
Cote D'Ivoire is a source and destination for internationally trafficked persons, and trafficking also occurs within the country. Ivoirian women and children are trafficked to African, European, and Middle Eastern countries. Children are trafficked to Cote D'Ivoire from Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Ghana, Benin, and Togo for indentured or domestic servitude, farm labor, and sexual exploitation. Women principally are trafficked from Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, and Asian countries to Cote D'Ivoire.
The Government of Cote D'Ivoire does not yet fully comply with the minimum standards; however, the Government is making significant efforts to combat trafficking in persons. The Government is severely limited by a lack of resources in addressing its trafficking problem, including the monitoring of its borders. There is no law specifically prohibiting trafficking in persons; however, the Government can prosecute traffickers under both the Penal Code and Labor Code. Since 1999 the Government has prosecuted at least 22 traffickers and has repatriated approximately 3,000 foreign trafficked children. Victims are not detained, jailed, or deported; foreign embassies are responsible for repatriating them. The Government cooperates with neighboring countries, international organizations, and NGO's to combat trafficking. The Government is also participating in a two-part ILO trafficking project with eight other countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo). In January 2001, the Government completed and validated the National Emergency Action Plan for the Fight Against Cross-Border Trafficking in Children for January-June 2001.