In Curaçao new legislation in this area has still not been approved; therefore, tracking authorities cannot take sufficient action against perpetrators of human trafficking. Approval seems close and a multidisciplinary work group has been set up on the island to tackle problems related to human trafficking.
Aruba now stands on ‘Tier 2’ and, although human trafficking is punishable in this country, no cases have been brought to court yet. The island was advised to improve its screening process in order to recognize victims of human trafficking and formalize protection programs for victims.
As in previous reports, Curaçao was mentioned as a destination or transit harbor for adults and children—victims for forced labor or prostitution. There are also indications of child prostitution and victims repaying a debt in the form of unpaid labor. These people come from Asia, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Columbia. The report also mentions the government should take more preventative measures against human trafficking, forced labor and prostitution by launching an awareness campaign.