Government Failed to Combat State-Traffickers, US State Department

ARMENIAN GOVERNMENT FAILED TO COMBAT STATE-TRAFFICKERS,
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE’S INTERIM ASSESSMENT

Yerevan, February 01. ArmInfo. Armenian Government, failed to rsecute,
according to the law, state officials-traffickers, says the
U.S. Department of State’s interim assessment on trafficking in
persons (TIP) released by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking
in Persons. The document says that Armenian authorities haven’t
applied the law effectively to combat TIP particularly when making
verdicts on the traffickers and when investigating corruption.
U.S. Department of State says that, since the last release of the June
2006 annual report, Armenian Government has had some progress in
combating TIP.

However, demerits in their measures are still present. In July 2006,
Armenian authorities ratified a legal act explaining legislative
regulations on combating TIP and severed punishment for the crime.

Shelters of non-governmental organizations were provided to assist
trafficking victims in the last 6 months. Unfortunately, the
authorities haven’t worked out procedures of routing the victims to
special aid institutions and the aid wasn’t as large-scaled as
required.

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