The government broadcast an anti-trafficking prevention spot to promote the anti-trafficking hotline on television.
Icelandic authorities continued to hold classes for students at the national police college on recognizing victims; investigating human trafficking issues will become a core part of the curriculum at the college in 2012.
The ministrys vetting procedures were inconsistently applied and efforts, in conjunction with the MFA, to monitor labor recruitment agencies to prevent fraudulent job offers and other illegal practices were poorly coordinated.Anti-trafficking organizations also identified Northern Laos as a region that lacks much-needed victim assistance services.The government offered free health care and legal aid to all trafficking victims, though it is couple de libertin not known how many victims accepted this assistance during the year.The government reported investigating 24 new trafficking-related cases in 2011, prosecuting 11 cases and convicting seven trafficking offenders, a significant increase over the two cases investigated and prosecuted and two trafficking offenders convicted in 2010.Much of this units work focused on crimes such as illegal adoptions and child kidnapping and disappearance, which do not fall within the 2000 UN TIP Protocol; therefore, officials could not indicate how many of the 107 criminal proceedings initiated during the year were for.Iranian and Afghan boys and girls residing in Iran are forced into prostitution within the country.Mexican immigration agents continued to implement a system for identifying potential trafficking victims and referring these victims to care providers, such as NGOs.Despite having a widespread problem with child labor in Guinea, the government did not implement any social programs to prevent children from entering exploitative work situations, and according to NGOs, labor inspectors lacked the capacity to adequately conduct child labor investigations.According to local reporting, within the last several years some victims have been subjected to domestic servitude by foreign diplomats on assignment in Ireland.These prescribed penalties are sufficiently stringent and commensurate with punishments prescribed for other serious crimes, such as rape.The Ministry of Immigration spent the equivalent of 26,500 to return 60 abused migrant workers from Saudi Arabia in 2011.Immigrant laborers working in domestic service, hotels, and restaurants were also particularly vulnerable to forced labor.However, due to a lack of human and physical resources, and an insufficient understanding of the scope and details of sex tourism in Laos, the government remained unable to sustain the implementation of these prevention efforts aimed at Lao or foreign nationals who participate.The lack of specific prohibitions against forced labor remained a significant impediment in law enforcement efforts.There is no evidence that victims were penalized for unlawful acts committed as a direct result of being trafficked.
The government continued its good practice of assigning a guardian to each identified child trafficking victim to help ensure a continuum of care and trust.
Protection The government sustained protection of child trafficking victims during the reporting period and dedicated significant financial resources to expanding existing assistance options.A specific section of Article 251 criminalizes the exploitation of people not legally entitled to work, including through confiscating such workers passports or travel documents, disclosing the circumstances of their employment to any person, or interfering with workers access to privacy and freedom of movement.These communities also had locally based and directed awareness programs.Foreign domestic workers from the Philippines and Indonesia are generally charged the equivalent of 1,950 and 2,725, respectively, by recruiters in their home countries.The German Institute for Human Rights, in cooperation with a Berlin-based NGO, supported an Indonesian domestic workers claims against her employer, a Saudi Arabian diplomat.Although Guatemalan authorities encouraged victims to assist with the investigation and prosecution of their traffickers, most victims did not file complaints due to fear of violence or reprisals, lack of faith in the judicial system, and the limitations of the governments witness protection program.In addition, NGOs claimed that, when they brought potential Roma child trafficking victims to the attention of the centers for social work, the government-run centers did not take any action.No specialized services exist for trafficking victims in Liberia.
Senegalese girls are reported to work in Gambia in conditions of sexual exploitation, and some who go for domestic service become vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation.
The government routinely sought costs of repatriation for the victim from the offender and source country governments but absorbed the costs when these avenues of assistance were unavailable; in June 2011, a prosecutor in Port Gentil secured payment from two alleged trafficking offenders for tickets.
Two other shelters are run by NGOs; these are used infrequently, largely as a short-term, interim solution when a victim cannot immediately be housed in a state-run shelter.
Prosecution, the Government of Gabon maintained strong law enforcement efforts during the reporting period.