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The Government of Cabo Verde does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making ificant efforts to do so. The government demonstrated overall increasing efforts compared to the reporting period; therefore Cabo Verde remained on Tier 2. However, the government did not meet the minimum standards in several key areas. Data sharing and coordination among government agencies remained weak. The Observatory for Monitoring and Rapid Identification of Situations of Trafficking in Persons the Observatory lacked the authority to convene agencies and coordinate anti-trafficking activities adequately.
Law enforcement and front-line responders remained without formal procedures to identify and refer adult victims to care that was consistently available and adequate, and training for law enforcement and judiciary officials remained ad hoc.
Vigorously investigate and prosecute trafficking offenses and punish convicted traffickers, including Cabo Verdean-American sex traffickers and sex tourists. The government maintained anti-trafficking law enforcement efforts. The forced labor case was pending final closure with the court at the end of the reporting period.
Media reported the Judicial Police PJ began an investigation in November into a mother on Sao Vicente island who allegedly forced her year-old daughter into commercial sex; as of the end of the reporting period, the investigation was ongoing. The seven investigations initiated during the reporting period involved suspected foreign sex traffickers and remained ongoing at the end of the current reporting period. The government did not report whether an investigation into one National Police PN officer initiated during the reporting period as part of a broader forced labor investigation continued nor did it report any prosecutions or convictions of government officials complicit in human trafficking offenses.
According to isolated reports, political intervention in ongoing investigations and prosecutions impeded some law enforcement and judicial efforts. Law enforcement and judges lacked understanding of trafficking crimes and the anti-trafficking provision in the penal code, resulting in weak and inconsistent efforts to identify, investigate, and prosecute trafficking cases.
Similar to years, the government provided modest financial support to enable an unknown of officials to attend an anti-trafficking training in Cape Verde asian sex in June An international organization developed a module on human trafficking, including victim identification, for new police officers during standard academy training; the government trained an unknown of new police officers using the module during the reporting period. Cape Verde asian sex Ministry of Justice and Labor MJTin partnership with a foreign donor, continued development of online training for PN officers to supplement the current training plan.
While law enforcement agencies collected statistics, coordination remained weak, and information sharing was poor between agencies. Government social service providers tended to prefer resolution of intra-familial abuse cases, which could include child sex trafficking, through non-judicial means. The government increased efforts to protect trafficking victims.
Although it did not provide comprehensive statistics on the of trafficking victims identified and referred to care, the government identified and provided services to at least one child sex trafficking victim during the reporting period, compared with identifying four forced labor victims during the reporting period. In addition, ICCA identified and provided assistance to potential child sex trafficking victims and 30 potential child labor victims through its hotline in The government did not have formal procedures for all law enforcement or social workers to identify trafficking victims nor did the government have a formal mechanism to refer trafficking victims to care.
Border police had written procedures to identify trafficking victims and people vulnerable to trafficking, although they did not receive training on such procedures. There were no shelters or services available specifically for trafficking victims, but government-funded agencies provided emergency services, temporary shelter, and psycho-social care to at-risk populations and female and child victims of crime, which included trafficking victims.
ICCA operated a national network to assist child victims of sexual abuse, which could coordinate referral to care and support through court processes. The government acknowledged its ad hoc, informal referral system was insufficient. ICCA did not report screening for trafficking indicators among victims referred to its shelters.
ICCA had staff on all nine islands. The government did not report if it provided these benefits to any victims during the reporting period and reported it was often difficult to provide meaningful protection to victim-witnesses in the Cabo Verdean context due to the small population and close-knit community.
Cabo Verdean law provided legal alternatives to the removal of foreign victims to countries where they may face hardship or retribution; authorities did not report providing these benefits to any victims during the reporting period. In Aprilthe government repatriated two minor victims identified during the reporting period to China when the victims requested repatriation.
The law provides for restitution, but the government did not report pursuing restitution in any cases during the reporting period. In addition, victims can file civil suits against traffickers, but no victims reportedly pursued civil suits during the reporting period, in part due to lack of awareness of the option. There were no reports officials penalized trafficking victims for unlawful acts traffickers compelled them to commit; however, due to the lack of formal victim identification procedures, some victims may have remained unidentified in the law enforcement system.
The government maintained prevention efforts. The Observatory met five times during the reporting period. Observers reported the Observatory lacked authority and struggled to ensure all members fully participated in Observatory meetings and met their reporting commitments. The government continued implementing the anti-trafficking national action plan.
ICCA and the PN worked with a ferry service to prevent children from traveling alone to neighboring islands where they would be vulnerable to exploitation, including trafficking. ICCA continued to operate three centers for street children through its Nos kaza project and six day centers, all of which aimed to reduce the vulnerability of street children to forced labor and sexual abuse, including sex trafficking.
MJT collaborated with an international organization to develop protection case management system for ICCA and MEFIS to identify and track child victims of exploitation, including child trafficking; the system was expected to be fully operational in It was unclear if ICCA trained hotline workers to differentiate trafficking from similar crimes, such as child labor or sexual abuse.
In reporting periods, NGOs reported a of cases in which the government charged parents with negligence for failing to protect their children from child sex tourists; the government did not report whether it continued this practice. The government made efforts to reduce the demand for commercial sex acts that equated to child sex trafficking, but it did not make efforts to reduce demand for other forms of commercial sex. Government ministries continued to implement the National Plan to Combat Sexual Abuse and Violence, which included child sex tourism. The government continued to enforce the Ethics Code of Conduct for Tourism, which included provisions countering child sex tourism.
The government did not provide anti-trafficking training to its diplomatic personnel. As reported over the past five years, human traffickers exploit domestic and foreign victims in Cabo Verde, and, to a lesser extent, traffickers exploit victims from Cabo Verde abroad. Traffickers exploit boys and girls, some of whom may be foreign nationals, in sex trafficking on Brava, Santiago, Fogo, Sal, Sao Vicente, and Boa Vista, sometimes through child sex tourism. In some cases, parents encourage their daughters to be exploited in commercial sex by tourists—especially Cabo Verdean-Americans—to gain immigrant visas to the United States or remittances to support the family.
Authorities identify West African women, including Nigerians and Senegalese, in sex trafficking, including on Boa Vista and Sal Islands and sometimes through sex tourism. On Sao Vicente, traffickers coerce girls as young as 12 years old in sexual exploitation in exchange for drugs. Children in domestic service often work long hours and at times experience physical and sexual abuse, indicators of forced labor. Cabo Verdean children engaged in begging, street vending, car washing, garbage picking, and agriculture are vulnerable to trafficking. Children living in impoverished neighborhoods Cape Verde asian sex little state presence are also at risk of trafficking, especially for sex trafficking.
In years, there were reports traffickers may have forced Cabo Verdean women and children to transport drugs. West African migrants may transit the archipelago en route to situations of exploitation in Europe. Some adult migrants from China and ECOWAS countries may receive low wages, work without contracts, and have irregular immigration status, rendering them vulnerable to forced labor and sex trafficking.
Inalleged labor traffickers exploited four Chinese nationals, two girls and two men, in the retail sector; observers suspect there may be organized syndicates engaging in similar forced labor exploitation in the Cape Verde asian sex.
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