U.S. State Department says that Costa Rica should do more to Combat Human Trafficking

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The State Department of the United States of America issued the report on Trafficking in Persons, published June 2013.

    It highlights Costa Rica as a destination Category 2. This categorization is for countries that do not meet the standards required to combat human trafficking. But the report did note that Costa Rica made “significant efforts”.

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    The report indicates that North and Central Pacific countries are vulnerable to the so-called internal trafficking.

    “Costa Rican Women and children are subjected to sex trafficking in the country, and residents of the areas north and central Pacific coast are particularly vulnerable to internal trafficking. The authorities noted an increase in adults using children for drug trafficking, “the publication quoted verbatim.

    The report also mentions the sexual tourism, described as vulnerable mainly in the central and coastal areas.

    “Child sex tourism is a serious problem, especially in the provinces of Guanacaste, Limón, Puntarenas and San José. Child sex tourists arrive mostly from United States and Europe, “the report states.

    Even one of the points in analysis, mentioned that in our country, children and adults from other countries, are subjected to forced labor.

    “Men and boys of other Central American countries and Asian countries, including China, are subjected to conditions of forced labor in Costa Rica, especially in agriculture, construction, fishing and commercial sectors,” the report.

    While progress has been made in recent years, the report of the U.S. State Department, said that efforts in the country can be improved.

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)
    San Jose Costa Rica

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