U.S. Department of State 2001 Trafficking in Persons Report - Mali
|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 - Mali, 12 July 2001, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4680d77433.html [accessed 21 September 2014]|
Mali (Tier 2)
Mali is a source and destination country for trafficked persons, primarily children. Children from Mali are trafficked to Cote D'Ivoire to work on cotton and cocoa plantations or for domestic servitude. Women from Nigeria are trafficked to Mali for sexual exploitation.
The Government of Mali does not yet fully meet the minimum standards; however, the Government is making significant efforts to combat trafficking despite a severe lack of resources. Laws prohibit the contractual use of persons without their consent. The Government has not prosecuted any cases against traffickers, but there have been prosecutions of traffickers of Malian children in Cote D'Ivoire. In 2000 the Government formulated a comprehensive action plan to combat the trafficking of children through prevention, protection, and prosecution programs; however, due to limited resources, the Government has been unable to implement the plan. The Government signed an accord in 2000 with the Government of Cote D'Ivoire to cooperate against trafficking in children. The Government is participating in a two-part ILO anti-trafficking project with eight other countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote D'Ivoire, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo). Victims of trafficking are not detained, jailed, or prosecuted for other crimes. The Government relies on the donor community to fund assistance programs, such as repatriation centers.