2019 Comoros Trafficking in Persons Report

COMOROS: Tier 3

The Government of Comoros does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so; therefore Comoros remained on Tier 3. Despite the lack of significant efforts, the government took some steps to address trafficking by opening one additional government-run listening center that worked to identify and provide care to victims of crime, which could include trafficking victims. The government also hired additional personnel at the listening centers and continued to fund the salaries of existing personnel. Government officials on Anjouan conducted several anti-trafficking public awareness campaigns, including discouraging certain cultural practices that left children vulnerable to trafficking and conducting home visits to oversee the well-being of hosted children. While the scale of trafficking crimes appeared to be especially limited, nonetheless, the government did not investigate, prosecute, or obtain convictions for any sex trafficking or forced labor crimes. The government lacked formal procedures to identify trafficking victims or refer them to care, and had not identified or referred any trafficking victim to protective services since 2013. Authorities continued to lack an understanding of trafficking, and the government did not provide adequate resources or training to law enforcement officials, including the offices charged with identifying trafficking victims and investigating the crime. The Anti-trafficking Task Force was no longer operational, anti-trafficking public awareness campaigns did not occur on all three islands, and the government had no national action plan.

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