Chad Makes Progress Combating Trafficking in Persons
The Government of Chad made increasing efforts to combat trafficking in persons (TIP) over the past year, according to the U.S. Department of State’s 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report, released on June 20. As a result of the increasing efforts, Chad was upgraded to Tier 2 from Tier 2 Watchlist.
“I commend the Government of Chad for its steps to combat trafficking in persons,” U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Richard Bell said, “including ratifying a 2018 anti-trafficking law and prosecuting more suspected traffickers. The struggle against trafficking never ends, and the United States encourages the Government of Chad to take further action in the coming year, including implementing its national action plan, training government officials, and taking steps to identify and assist victims of trafficking. In response to Chad’s request, the United States is preparing to provide technical assistance to the relevant authorities and other concerned Chadians.”
Tier 2 countries are those where the government does not fully meet minimum anti-trafficking standards but is making significant efforts to bring itself into compliance.
Human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons or modern slavery, is a crime of exploitation in which a trafficker compels an individual into service using any of several coercive or deceptive practices to keep their victim from speaking out or asking for help. There are an estimated 25 million victims of human trafficking throughout the world.
For more information about trafficking in persons, please visit the Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons website: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/office-to-monitor-and-combat-trafficking-in-persons/.
French and Arabic translations of the TIP Report for Chad are in progress and will be released when complete. Previous TIP Reports are available on the U.S. Embassy website Rapports officiels page: https://td.usembassy.gov/fr/our-relationship-fr/official-reports-fr/.