U.S. Department of State 2002 Trafficking in Persons Report - Cote D'Ivoire
|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 - Cote D'Ivoire, 5 June 2002, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4680d793a.html [accessed 28 April 2015]|
Cote D'Ivoire (Tier 2)
Cote D'Ivoire is primarily a destination for children trafficked to labor as plantation and other agricultural laborers, as mine workers, and as domestic servants, under conditions in some cases approaching involuntary servitude. Foreign nationals are trafficked from neighboring countries, primarily Mali and Burkina Faso, but also Benin, Togo, Guinea, Ghana, and Nigeria. An age-old pattern of child-migration in search of a better life has been perverted in relatively recent times by intermediaries who "buy" children from families and then place them in jobs where they are often threatened, mistreated, and not free to leave. Some women from Cote D'Ivoire are also trafficked to Europe and the Middle East for purposes of prostitution, and some women from the region are brought to Cote D'Ivoire's large cities for the same reason.
The Government of Cote D'Ivoire does not yet fully comply with minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, however, it is making significant efforts to do so. Effective enforcement in Cote D'Ivoire against traffickers is weak due to lack of targeted legislation and inadequate resources. There is no law in Cote D'Ivoire specific to trafficking, and the cases in which authorities attempted to use existing legislation against suspects resulted in acquittals or light sentences. Enforcement at Cote D'Ivoire's marked land border crossing points was dramatically stepped up during 2001. With regard to protection of victims, while Cote D'Ivoire is under severe financial constraints, the government is cooperating with international organizations and NGOs to repatriate and deliver assistance to victims. Cote D'Ivoire's most serious and successful efforts on the prevention front result from diplomatic agreements with source countries. The first of a promised series of cooperation agreements with Mali has contributed to a sharp decline of trafficked victims to Cote D'Ivoire, although there is some evidence of a rise in trafficking in Burkinabe children. Additional agreements are planned with major source countries. The government participates in regional efforts and conferences and sponsored a regional anti-trafficking workshop in January 2002. Cote D'Ivoire is one of the West African countries participating in an international program to reduce trafficking in children.