Algeria is still facing influxes of migrants who enter the country illegally with the help of smuggler networks, according to the report which evaluates the annual progress made by the countries in their fight against the trafficking of persons.
Several migrants, failing to get to Europe, remain in Algeria, said the document. Some of them with debts to settle with smugglers are likely to resort to forced labor or prostitution to pay their crossing to these criminal networks.
The reports notes that Algeria had maintained in 2017 efforts to protect migrants by identifying 33 victims of trafficking of persons, including 19 men and 14 women, against 65 potential victims identified in 2016.
During the reporting period, “the government made huge efforts by increasing the number of investigations and tracking against presumed traffickers, by identifying 33 victims,” said the report, presented by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
In terms of legal proceedings “the government also increased the efforts to investigate and sue offenders,” said the source, underlining that Algeria has criminalized forced labor and sex trafficking, in accordance with article 5 of its penal code.