The Trafficking in Persons Report: Recommendations for Uganda
14 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2019
Date Written: May 21, 2019
The United States Department of State's Annual Trafficking in Persons Report has revolutionized the fight against the "scourge" of human trafficking. Nations around the globe continue to make significant strides in prosecuting traffickers, protecting victims, and preventing human trafficking. Uganda is one of those nations. Currently ranked "Tier 2," Uganda is poised to become the next tier 1 nation and the only African nation to achieve that honor. With the development of a partnership with the Human Trafficking Institute, a well-functioning justice system, and key personnel in various offices, Uganda is just a a few key changes away from breaking into Tier 1 status.
While the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report praised Uganda for various efforts it is taking to combat human trafficking, more needs to be done. This Paper identifies the Report's key recommendations and then elaborates on how Uganda can implement them. Most pressingly, Uganda must increase prosecution efforts, particularly against government officials; create a formal mechanism to identify victims and provide funding for their care; authorize an official entity to lead anti-trafficking efforts; increase training for embassy staff and all front-line officials; increase and improve regulation of recruitment agencies; and accede to the 2000 UN TIP Protocol.
Keywords: Human Trafficking, Uganda, Africa, Trafficking in Persons Report
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