28 Jun 2011

Fiji taken off US human trafficking watch list

3:45 pm on 28 June 2011

The United States government has removed Fiji from its human trafficking watch list.

The US State Department Trafficking in Persons report assesses efforts by 184 governments worldwide to fight sexual exploitation, forced labour and modern-day slavery.

The 2009 Crimes Decree included human trafficking as an offence and imposed a penalty of a maximum sentence of 12 years imprisonment.

FijiLive reports Fiji has being on the watch list for the oast 4 years, but its first ever human trafficking case was recorded last year, when a 62-year-old man was convicted of trafficking seven Indian nationals into Fiji.

The man was sentenced to six years imprisonment.

Papua New Guinea is still on the State Department watchlist.