U.S. Accuses Egypt of Contributing to Human Trafficking
U.S. Accuses Egypt of Contributing to Human Trafficking
Thursday, June 18,2009 13:36
The US State Department said in a report that Egypt has become an active factor in sex and human trafficking.
The US State Department"s trafficking Person"s 2009 reported that Egypt was a source, transit and destination station for women and children
exploited for the purposes of labor and sexual abuse.
Social and moral violations were committed in the tourism season in Egypt where reports of wealthy men from the Gulf traveled to Egypt to purchase "temporary marriages" with Egyptian females including girls under the age of eighteen. These arrangements were often facilitated by the girls" parents and marriage brokers.
The report added that child sex was increasingly reported in Cairo , Alexandria and Luxor . Furthermore young female Sudanese refugees including those under eighteen were coerced into prostitution in Cairo "s nightclubs by family or Sudanese gang members.
The US State Department also included that " Egypt is a transit country for the trafficking of women from Uzebekistan , Moldova , Ukraine , Russia and other Eastern European countries to Israel for sexual exploitation.
The report criticized the Egyptian Government"s lack of complying to even the lowest standards in the elimination of trafficking holding, it responsible for not applying the anti-human trafficking law throughout the past year.
  However, the report praised the Egyptian government"s enacting amendments to the Child Law prohibiting child trafficking and providing training for government officials on the use of these amendments. Prosecution also began of several alleged sex trafficking offenders.
 It advised Egyptian government to "Substantially increase law enforcement activity against trafficking, including the growing problems of the involuntary domestic servitude of children and child sex trafficking; to draft and enact legislation criminalizing all forms of human trafficking; to institute and apply a formal victim identification procedure to ensure that victims of this trafficking are not punished or otherwise treated as criminals for acts committed as a direct result of being trafficked
The Ministry of Social Solidarity, said the report, continued to operate 19 drop-in centers for street children, women, and the disabled that may have provided care to trafficking victims in 2008; these
centers, however, are only open during the day and do not provide comprehensive services for trafficking victims.
The report also asked the Egyptian government to "provide in-kind or financial support to Non-Governmental Organizations providing protection services to victims; and to implement a comprehensive public information campaign to educate people about trafficking and its threats.