Secretary of State John Kerry released the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report at a press conference in Washington, DC on July 27. In this latest report, Madagascar’s ranking improved from the status of Tier Two Watchlist in 2014 to Tier Two this year. As the report states, this is in recognition of “significant efforts made [by the Malagasy government], despite the continuing scale of trafficking in the country.”
Despite progress made over the past year, Madagascar remains a source country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor, as well as for women and children subjected to sex trafficking. The U.S. government urges Madagascar to promote coordination among national stakeholders through the National Bureau to Combat Trafficking in Persons and to aggressively investigate, prosecute, and sentence traffickers under the new legislation.
At the launch event yesterday, Secretary Kerry also honored Malagasy activist Ramboarivelo Norotiana Jeannoda, along with other seven men and women whose personal efforts have made an extraordinary difference in the global fight against modern slavery. Her recognition comes as a result of her exemplary efforts to launch the National Union of Social Workers (SPDTS) to promote human rights, her staunch advocacy to improve Madagascar’s anti-trafficking law, and her extraordinary efforts to support victims of human trafficking.
The SPDTS, which Ramboarivelo launched in 2005, has quickly become a leading civil society organization promoting human rights and combating child sex tourism and human trafficking. She is among the most persistent and outspoken members of civil society advocating in Madagascar on behalf of victims of human trafficking.
The annual State Department TIP Report is required under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. The report, published annually, assesses governments around the world on their efforts to combat modern slavery. The 15th annual TIP Report includes narratives of 188 countries and territories, including the United States.
For link to the full Madagascar report in English, please go to:
2015 Madagascar Trafficking in Persons Report