Trafficking in Persons Interim Assessment - Angola
|Publisher||United States Department of State|
|Publication Date||24 February 2010|
|Cite as||United States Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Interim Assessment - Angola, 24 February 2010, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4b8e7a801f.html [accessed 21 May 2013]|
[From the introductory text accompanying this report on the U.S. Department of State website: "In most cases, the Interim Assessment is intended to serve as a tool by which to gauge the anti-trafficking progress of countries that may be in danger of slipping a tier in the upcoming June 2010 TIP Report and to give them guidance on how to avoid a Tier 3 ranking. It is a tightly focused progress report, assessing the concrete actions a government has taken to address the key deficiencies highlighted in the June 2009 TIP Report. The Interim Assessment covers actions undertaken between the beginning of May – the cutoff for data covered in the June TIP Report – and November. Readers are requested to refer to the annual TIP Report for an analysis of large-scale efforts and a description of the trafficking problem in each particular country or territory."]
The Government of Angola has made progress in combating trafficking in persons since the release of the 2009 TIP Report. The government has not yet enacted a comprehensive anti-trafficking law and may not do so in the near future as the drafting of anti-trafficking legislation has been entrusted to a commission charged with revising the entire national penal code. Little progress has been made in the government's ability to protect victims. The Ministry of Interior, however, has measurably improved the capacity of its law enforcement officers to identify trafficking victims. The government increased its efforts to create its first shelter for trafficking victims, and has undertaken its first-ever effort to collect data on trafficking offenses, victims, and prosecutions.
High-ranking officials have publicly supported and encouraged the government's burgeoning anti-trafficking efforts. The Ministry of Interior and its NGO partners co-funded anti-trafficking seminars for law enforcement, immigration, military, judicial, and provincial administration officials, and made public commitments to face up to its trafficking problems. Angola hosted the Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament (CAN) in January 2010; officials took advantage of the public's high level of interest in the CAN to raise the awareness of both residents and visitors of the dangers of trafficking during the tournament.