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Trafficking in Persons Interim Assessment - Cameroon

Publisher United States Department of State
Publication Date 24 February 2010
Cite as United States Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Interim Assessment - Cameroon, 24 February 2010, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4b8e7a7c1f.html [accessed 13 July 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 Cameroon demonstrated minimal progress to combat trafficking in persons since the release of the 2009 Report. While state prosecutors coordinated efforts with Interpol to investigate and prosecute trafficking offenders, particularly in the North West Region, there have been no new reports of trafficking prosecutions or convictions. The government has neither taken steps to educate law enforcement officials and social workers about the law against child trafficking nor made efforts to finalize and enact the draft law prohibiting trafficking of adults. Moreover, the Cameroonian government has not investigated reports of hereditary slavery in the Northern Province.

In August 2009, the Ministry of Social Affairs, in partnership with UNICEF and NGOs, began to develop a guide for protecting vulnerable children from exploitation, including trafficking. A draft guide was expected to be completed by the end of 2009.

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