May 31, 2011
Improvement of Trafficking in Persons Ranking
Mozambique is a source, transit, and, to a lesser extent, destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. The use of forced child laborers is common in agriculture, including on tobacco farms, and in commercial activities in rural areas of the country, often with the complicity of family members. The Government of Mozambique does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. In June 2011, the U.S. Department of State upgraded Mozambique's Trafficking in Persons rank from Tier 2 Watch List to Tier 2.