[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 Mauritius made modest progress in addressing human trafficking since the release of the 2009 TIP Report. In October, it used the 2005 Children Protection Act to convict and sentence a woman to 10 years' imprisonment for pimping two Mauritian girls. The government plans to start the construction of a residential care center for trafficking victims in March 2010; the shelter will be operated by the Ministry of Women's Rights, Child Development, and Family Welfare. In the meantime, the Head of the Child Development Unit has secured funding to rent a building to serve as a residential care center for trafficked children. The government did not establish a coordinating body or mechanism to facilitate improved anti-trafficking communication and coordination among relevant ministries, law enforcement entities, working groups, and NGOs.


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