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Fiji ranked Tier Two

Dawn Gibson
Monday, August 04, 2014

FIJI has been ranked in Tier Two of the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report June 2014 — an improvement from the Tier Three rankings Fiji received in 2009 in the same report.

Tier Two represents countries whose governments do not fully comply with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act's (TVPA) minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to become more compliant with it.

The report, published annually by the US Government, "is the US Government's principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking", the government's online portal explains.

"It is also the world's most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the US Government's commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue."

The report details while the Fijian Government does not comply fully with TVPA minimum standards, the government has indeed taken encouraging steps to become more compliant.

"During the reporting period, the Fijian Government investigated seven trafficking cases, prosecuted one trafficking offence, and convicted one trafficker.

"Authorities did not widely implement formal procedures to proactively identify victims of trafficking among vulnerable populations during the year and victim identification declined," it reported.

"The Government of Fiji sustained anti-trafficking law enforcement efforts. The 2009 Crimes Decree includes provisions that prohibit all forms of trafficking.

"The prescribed penalties of up to 25 years' imprisonment and possible fines of up to the equivalent of approximately $400,000, are sufficiently stringent and commensurate with penalties prescribed for other serious crimes, such as rape."

Fiji was also ranked in Tier Two in last year's TIP report.

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