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News Cabinet passes Maldives National Anti-Human Trafficking Action Plan 2020-2022

NAP enters into effect on 30 March 2020

From Ministry of Defence

The Cabinet has today passed the Maldives National Anti-Human Trafficking Action Plan 2020 – 2022.

The Plan was formulated by the National Anti-Human Trafficking Steering Committee (NAHTSC) being chaired by Ministry of Defence since 1st December 2019, in consultation with relevant local and international stakeholders.

The Plan was presented by members of the NAHTSC during the Cabinet Working Session held prior to the meeting today.

The Plan, which comes into effect on March 30, 2020 and ends on December 31, 2022, aims to accelerate efforts to eliminate Trafficking in Persons (TIP) in the Maldives.

Under the Plan, a number of key initiatives will be executed including, inter alia, a baseline study to gauge the TIP situation in the Maldives, revision of the Prevention of Human Trafficking Act (PHTA) to align the definition of human trafficking with that of the 2000 UN TIP Protocol and to streamline NAHTSC’s functioning, the setting up of a dedicated anti-TIP office and the setting up of a toll-free hotline to report suspect TIP offenders & victims.

The Plan also aims to increase monitoring, screenings, investigations, prosecutions, and convictions for all forms of trafficking, conduct anti-TIP workshops for law enforcement, immigration officials, prosecutors, judges and social service providers, and to annually celebrate World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (30 July) in the Maldives, for the first time.

Minister of Defence and NAHTSC Chair, Uza. Mariya Didi wishes to thank all NAHTSC members and our international partners for their assistance in the formulation of the NAP.