Marshall Islands Declared Sex-Trafficking Destination
By Giff Johnson
SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, July 19, 2013) – The U.S. State Department has red-flagged the Marshall Islands as a sex-trafficking destination, and put the country on a global "watch list."
In last year’s State Department Trafficking in Persons Report, the Marshall Islands was listed as a "Tier 2" country, the middle designation in a report that lists countries as Tier 1, 2 and 3.
The 2013 report, which was cited in the Marshall Islands Journal Thursday this week, states: "The Republic of the Marshall Island is a destination country for women from East Asia subjected to sex trafficking," the report states bluntly, adding: "The government has made no effort to prevent trafficking during the year. It did not conduct any public campaigns or take other steps to raise public awareness about the dangers of trafficking."
The report goes on to state all the things that it says the Marshall Islands government did not do this past year to curtail human trafficking.
"The government has not made an effort to identify victims proactively, especially among vulnerable populations, such as foreign and local women in prostitution and foreign men on fishing vessels in Marshallese waters," the report said.
"The Marshall Islands government made no effort to identify trafficking victims or ensure their access to protective services during the year. Law enforcement and social services personnel do not employ systematic procedures to identify victims of trafficking proactively among high-risk populations with whom they come in contact, which is a risk factor for victims being punished for acts committed as a result of being trafficked."
The State Department report urges the government to:
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