According to the Trafficking in Persons 2014 report released on Friday by the US Secretary of State John Kerry, Sri Lanka has been placed on a Tier 2 Watch List – a classification for countries 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.
Referring to Sri Lanka, the report noted: “The government continued modest prevention efforts including updating its national action plan, holding monthly inter-ministerial meetings and launching awareness campaigns. Despite these measures, the government failed to demonstrate evidence of increasing overall efforts to address human trafficking over the previous reporting period”.
The US State Department report further says that the Sri Lankan authorities have failed to convict a single trafficker under its Trafficking Statute for the third year in a row.
“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”, it said.