U.S. Department of State 2002 Trafficking in Persons Report - Honduras
|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 - Honduras, 5 June 2002, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4680d79ac.html [accessed 26 November 2014]|
Honduras (Tier 2)
Honduras is a source of women and children trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Most Honduran victims are trafficked to Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico.
The government does not yet fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so, despite limited resources. Honduras does not have a law against all forms of trafficking in persons, although related laws exist. The government created a new frontier police force, which received training from U.S. officials. However, law enforcement and prosecution efforts remain weak due to corruption and lack of resources. The government assists repatriated nationals for up to six months with job placement assistance, temporary shelter, and basic subsistence. In terms of prevention, there have been no public awareness campaigns aimed at trafficking. The government runs a micro-enterprise program for women and rural populations. There are also programs for at-risk youth including special education for drop-outs and vocational training for teens and young adults.