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U.S. Department of State 2004 Trafficking in Persons Report - Cote D'Ivoire

Publisher United States Department of State
Author Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Publication Date 14 June 2004
Cite as United States Department of State, U.S. Department of State 2004 Trafficking in Persons Report - Cote D'Ivoire, 14 June 2004, available at: [accessed 24 May 2016]
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Cote D'Ivoire (Tier 2 Watch List)

Cote D'Ivoire is a source and destination country for children trafficked from Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, and Benin for the purposes of forced labor in commercial agriculture and domestic servitude. Young Ghanaian girls are trafficked to Abidjan to work in restaurants. Women are trafficked from Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, and Asian countries for sexual exploitation in Abidjan and other urban centers. Some of these women are forced to prostitute themselves to earn money to reimburse the traffickers, to buy their release, or so their traffickers can send them to final destinations, including Italy, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia. Other victims originate in Cote D'Ivoire and are trafficked for forced domestic labor in Europe, North Africa, Lebanon and Syria. Some Ivoirian children are forced to beg at crossroads and give any proceeds to their traffickers. Ivoirian children are also forcibly conscripted into armed groups; some child soldiers in Cote D'Ivoire have also come from Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The government does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so despite an ongoing political/military conflict and its limited resources and capabilities. Cote D'Ivoire is placed on Tier 2 Watch List in this report because there is a failure to demonstrate increasing efforts to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons. The government should pass an anti-trafficking law and document investigations, prosecutions, convictions, and sentences of traffickers.


In February 2004, the Ministry of Family, Women and Children's Affairs met with National Assembly leaders to encourage quick passage of anti-trafficking legislation. The government currently prosecutes traffickers under laws addressing the kidnapping of children and forced labor. The government did not convict or intercept any traffickers during the reporting period.


The government does not operate shelters or programs for victims, but encourages the efforts of some 60 NGOs. The government worked with a German aid organization to repatriate several Malian children trafficked to Cote D'Ivoire for agricultural work.


The Ministry of Family, Women and Children's Affairs conducted a seminar on the status of trafficking that was widely covered by the media. The government participates in a regional project to combat child trafficking in West and Central Africa.

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