29 September, 2020

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Human Trafficking: Sri Lanka Placed Tier 2 Watch List

Sri Lanka has been placed on Tier 2 Watch List in a latest US report on human trafficking.

Secretary of State John Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry

The categorization has been made in the Trafficking in Persons 2014 report released on Friday by the United States Secretary of State John Kerry.

Tier 2 countries are those whose governments do not fully comply with the Trafficking Victim Protection Act (TVPA)’s minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards.

The following facts had been listed out in the report as reasons for the categorization

  • Sri Lanka’s failure to fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.
  • GoSL’s failure to demonstrate evidence of increasing overall efforts to address human trafficking over the previous reporting period despite implementation of modest prevention efforts to which includes updating its national action plan, holding monthly inter-ministerial meetings and launching awareness campaigns.

The report also notes that for the third year in a row the Sri Lankan authorities have failed to convict a single trafficker under its Trafficking Statute.

“As in 2012 and 2011, Sri Lankan courts did not convict any traffickers under Article 360(c) in 2013, though one court convicted three defendants under Article 360(c) for baby-selling. Authorities also convicted 12 traffickers under the procurement statute; all but one of them received a suspended sentence,” the report states adding the government’s dependency on procurement charges and absence of prosecutions are results of an ‘an inability or unwillingness on the part of police to thoroughly investigate potential human trafficking cases for elements of force, fraud, or coercion.’

The 2013 Trafficking in Persons report has also shed light on the inadequacy of victim protection provisions for both male and female victims.

It has also noted the government employees’ suspected complicity in trafficking offenses and the absence of an investigation or prosecutions by the government of suspected employees in this regard.

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    The Americans are being disingenuous if they place Sri Lanka in Tier 2 Watch List in human-trafficking. We may not be doing it in large numbers and as regularly as the arrivals in the Italian coasts from North Africa. But we are there – with the Prince leading the way. And the dumb Aussies presented a boat for us too. As for Govt men taking a lead – Why not? At Rs.3 mln per person it looks like a good business where a boat can take 200-400 a trip. Besides you shoot two birds with 1 stone. Make money as well reduce the troublesome Tamil population to reach that common old UNP-SLFP Joint-Venture “reduce the Tamil population to easily manageable numbers”

    But Kerry, Sir. Don’t forget the contribution we make to drug-trafficking. We should be there in the higher slots in your records.
    While it was done with the blessings of the Royal Family, the numbers in profits were so astronomical the avaracious PM also tries his hand in the game – now and then. The competition is so fierce here those close to the Royal Court saw to it with a conspiracy or two the Gampola thug was caught with his sarong down in the kudu imports game. Who says the Taliban is not influential in Sri Lanka?

    Hooker

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