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U.S. Department of State 2001 Trafficking in Persons Report - Costa Rica

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 - Costa Rica, 12 July 2001, available at: [accessed 31 May 2016]
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Costa Rica (Tier 2)

Costa Rica is a transit and destination country for trafficked persons.

The country serves as a transit point for trafficked persons from Asia to the United States. There also have been reports of girls from the Philippines being trafficked to the country for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Isolated cases of trafficking have involved persons from Africa, Bolivia, China, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and the Middle East.

The Government of Costa Rica does not yet fully meet the minimum standards; however, the Government is making significant efforts to combat trafficking despite resource constraints. The criminal code prohibits trafficking in women and minors for the purpose of prostitution, but it does not address all severe forms of trafficking. There is a government Inter-Ministerial Group on Trafficking to address the problem in the country. Each participating ministry has reportedly incorporated preventative trafficking measures into their ministerial agendas. The Government supports prevention programs to combat sexual exploitation of minors and trafficking. There are limited formal mechanisms specifically designed to aid trafficked victims; however, the Government does offer indirect assistance to child victims of trafficking. Victims are not granted temporary or permanent residence status, and often are deported immediately to their country of origin.

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