The 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report – Tunisia

The Government of Tunisia does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so. The government demonstrated overall increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period; therefore Tunisia remained on Tier 2. These efforts included an increase in investigations of alleged traffickers and an increase in victim identification efforts. It also implemented the national victim referral mechanism, directly provided more than 150 identified victims with protection services—including medical and psychosocial assistance—and continued to coordinate with civil society organizations to provide additional services to victims and to train officials. The government also established a network of trafficking survivors to advise the government on anti-trafficking measures and best practices. However, the government did not meet the minimum standards in some key areas. The government’s efforts to prosecute and convict traffickers decreased. Continual lack of understanding of trafficking among judicial and law enforcement officials inhibited authorities from effectively bringing traffickers to justice. While the government provided some services for victims, overall government services appropriate for the needs of all trafficking victims—including male, female, and child victims—across the country remained limited. (Full text: p 502 – 505)