The Sri Lankan government is making significant to eliminate human trafficking and took strong preventive measures last year, the United States said in a report on global human trafficking.
The 2012 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report released Tuesday by the U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton placed Sri Lanka among Tier 2 countries. The 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report analyzed 186 countries by looking at what the governments are doing against human trafficking which is defined as modern day slavery.
Tier 2 countries are the countries whose governments do not fully comply with the minimum standards of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards.
The report said Sri Lanka is primarily a source for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking and Internally-displaced persons, war widows, and unregistered female migrants remained particularly vulnerable to human trafficking.
The report noted that the government convicted two labor recruitment agents who committed fraudulent recruitment offenses, and enhanced inter-ministerial coordination through monthly meetings.
According to the 2012 TIP Report the government's law enforcement response to human trafficking offenses was minimal during the reporting period. Although the government agencies including National Child Protection Authority and Criminal Investigation Department (CID) investigated 44 cases of trafficking in 2011, the government has not convicted any human trafficking offenders in the reporting period.
However, the report recognized that government made progress in its efforts to prevent trafficking during the last year.
The government has worked on several awareness-raising initiatives with the International Labor Organization (ILO) such as developing a handbook for migrants bound for Saudi Arabia and Kuwait including information on the relevant labor laws, descriptions of forced labor and trafficking, and contact information.