U.S. Department of State 2001 Trafficking in Persons Report - Honduras
|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 - Honduras, 12 July 2001, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4680d771c.html [accessed 6 May 2016]|
Honduras (Tier 2)
Honduras is primarily a source country for trafficked children to neighboring countries. According to the NGO Covenant House Honduran children, especially young girls, are trafficked by criminal groups to other Central American countries for purposes of sexual exploitation. Honduran boys reportedly are being trafficked to Canada for the purpose of drug trafficking. There are reports that trafficking in children also occurs within the country's borders.
The Government of Honduras does not yet fully meet the minimum standards; however, the Government has made significant efforts to combat trafficking. The Criminal Code specifically prohibits trafficking in persons. The penalties for trafficking are generally comparable with the penalties for rape or forcible sexual assault. Corruption, lack of resources, and weak police and judicial institutions undermine effective law enforcement. Although traffickers have been arrested, the Government has not prosecuted any cases. The Government has not developed public information or prevention campaigns. There are no special services for victims of trafficking; however, the Government does assist repatriated Honduran nationals for a period of up to 6 months with job placement assistance, temporary shelter, and basic subsistence. In March 2000, the Government inaugurated two centers for citizens deported from other countries who are relocating to Honduras. In 2000 the Government cooperated with Mexican officials to repatriate approximately 400 Honduran girls trafficked to Mexico for purposes of sexual exploitation.