Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Egypt criticized for response to human trafficking

The State Department’s 2007 report on human trafficking has condemned the Egyptian government for its failure to reduce the number of people being transported through the country, All Headline News reported today.

The report estimates that, according to the article, “approximately one million homeless boys and girls are being exploited in prostitution,” and states that, as the article notes, “Egypt is a transit country for many women coming from Uzbekistan, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, and other Eastern European nations and on to Israel.” These victims – many of whom are girls under the age 18 – are frequently sold by their families for commercial sexual exploitation, such as “temporary marriages” to wealthy men from the Gulf region.

The report states that “Egypt should make a serious effort to increase law enforcement activity against the trafficking of minors, institute formal victim identification procedures to ensure that trafficking victims are not punished or otherwise treated as criminals, and provide protection services for victims.” However, the report also acknowledged that when Egypt does discover victims, it returns them to their respective embassy for assistance. The report also says that, “The Government of Egypt does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so.”

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