U.S. State Department involved in preventing human trafficking in Haiti

January 29th, 2010 - 3:39 pm ICT by BNO News  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) – The U.S. State Department on Thursday said it’s actively involved in investigating and addressing the potential for trafficking in persons, particularly children, in post-earthquake Haiti.

The disaster in Haiti has displaced numerous amounts of people, including a significant amount of children separated from their families, posing great risk and higher vulnerability to human trafficking. The State Department said it has acted swiftly to mobilize coordinated efforts both on the ground in Haiti and in Washington to prevent and combat human trafficking as part of the U.S. Government’s emergency response and long-term planning for recovery.

The Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons has been engaged on this issue prior to the earthquake as well as in its aftermath.

The Department states that while UNICEF has taken the lead role in overall child protection and safety in Haiti since the earthquake, they are working to supplement their efforts by combating child trafficking.

This is just the first wave of coordinated efforts in the aftermath of the earthquake which builds on existing efforts and expertise on the ground, the State Department said.

Further coordinated efforts and actions are to be announced in the coming days.

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