U.S. Department of State 2001 Trafficking in Persons Report - Morocco

Morocco (Tier 2)

Morocco is a source and transit country for trafficked persons. Moroccan women are trafficked abroad to the Middle East and Europe under the guise of legitimate job offers and then sexually exploited. There is also internal trafficking of women and children; girls are trafficked primarily for domestic servitude and women are trafficked for sexual exploitation. There are unsubstantiated reports that Sub-Saharan Africans are trafficked through Morocco on the way to Europe.

The Government of Morocco does not yet fully meet the minimum standards; however, the Government is making significant efforts to combat trafficking despite resource constraints. The law does not specifically prohibit trafficking in persons; however, there are several statutes under which traffickers can be prosecuted. The Government has prosecuted individuals who coerced or forced women into sexual exploitation. The penalties are roughly commensurate with rape. The Government supports anti-trafficking prevention programs through its emphasis on education. The Government together with UNICEF and royal patronage launched a nationwide campaign against child maids. The Government established a hotline through which cases of physical and emotional abuse of child maids may be reported. Although prostitution is illegal, the Government does not prosecute women who have been coerced into sexual exploitation. Although NGO's provide assistance to victims of trafficking, the Government does not have the resources to support NGO's.


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