The State Department issued a new edition (No. 11) of its report on trafficking for 2011, which in addition to degrade Venezuela, improved location of the Dominican Republic , which was this year on a watch list after have first appeared in 2010 among the candidate countries to suffer sanctions.
In addition to Venezuela and Cuba, the group of countries that do not try to attack the problem is completed by Iran, Kuwait, Algeria, Papua New Guinea Bissauy. In these nations the United States could suspend non-humanitarian aid or non-commercial , and oppose receiving funding from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB). These sanctions come into effect on October 1 , unless President Obama decides to annul them.
According to the report, Venezuela, which until last year was included in a watch list, should modify existing laws to prohibit and appropriately punish all expressions of human trafficking , to intensify their efforts to investigate and prosecute cases of forced prostitution and slave labor, prosecute and punish traffickers, provide more specialized assistance to victims, to identify victims among vulnerable groups and improve the databases related to these crimes.
"It's just that countries know why they have certain qualifications and that help create the tools necessary to respond. So we are making concrete recommendations and providing technical assistance to help achieve those goals," said Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton , introducing the report.
Unlike Venezuela, Dominican Republic showed progress in this regard, especially in the identification and protection of a greater number of victims of trafficking. That allowed the country to improve your score even though authorities have not demonstrated an "overall increase its efforts in the prosecution of traffickers, including government officials complicit in forced prostitution and slave labor."
The report, which evaluated 184 countries, placed on the watch list, along with the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Panama .
Other Latin American nations do not meet the minimum standards of combating human trafficking, but strive to achieve , while Colombia was the only Latin American among the 31 countries that meet minimum standards, along with the United States and Spain.