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Trafficking in Persons Interim Assessment - Libya

Publisher United States Department of State
Publication Date 24 February 2010
Cite as United States Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Interim Assessment - Libya, 24 February 2010, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4b8e7a7223.html [accessed 22 December 2014]
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[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 Libya has made minimal progress in addressing human trafficking since the release of the 2009 TIP Report. The government made no discernable progress in establishing a legal or regulatory framework to separate victims of trafficking from the general migrant population, although the government is currently undergoing a review of its criminal code. The government has not yet publicly released statistics on investigations or prosecutions of trafficking offenses or statistics on convictions of trafficking offenders.

The Libyan government continued to provide in-kind assistance to NGOs for the training of law enforcement officials, judges, and prosecutors. At an October 2009 conference, Libyan prosecutors and judges openly discussed methods for better anti-trafficking coordination among government bodies, such as the Ministry of Justice and Public Security Agencies, which would lead to more effective identification of trafficking victims and prosecution of trafficking offenders. The government has not yet implemented a formal procedure to identify and protect victims of trafficking, however; without such a procedure, foreign trafficking victims may be detained and deported as illegal migrants without adequate protection.

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