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U.S. Department of State 2002 Trafficking in Persons Report - El Salvador

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 - El Salvador, 5 June 2002, available at: [accessed 28 November 2015]
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El Salvador (Tier 2)

El Salvador is a source, destination and transit country for trafficking in women and children for sexual exploitation. Internal trafficking for sexual exploitation also occurs. Salvadorans are trafficked to other Central American countries, Mexico and the United States. Women and children are trafficked from Nicaragua, Honduras and some South American countries through or to El Salvador.

The government does not yet fully meet the minimum standards to eliminate trafficking in persons; however, it is making significant efforts to do so, despite resource constraints. El Salvador has a law against trafficking in persons, and police receive special training on investigation and prosecution of traffickers. To date, however, no one has been arrested for the crime. Victim assistance is limited, but the government does support an international organization and some NGOs, which provide services. Illegal migrants and child victims of crime have access to legal, medical and psychological services. The government does not prosecute foreign trafficking victims. However, they are generally detained and deported without being encouraged to press charges against their traffickers. Salvadoran foreign missions in Mexico and the United States have some good working relationships with NGOs that serve trafficking victims. The government makes some limited efforts on prevention including sponsoring of a TV ad showing the reality of trafficked victims and cooperation with NGOs on anti-trafficking campaigns. The government also funds a program to encourage parents to keep children in school.

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