NGOs report incidents of forced labor in Honduras in agriculture and domestic service. Honduran authorities continued to lack systematic procedures to identify trafficking victims among vulnerable populations, such as people in prostitution or working children. International organizations reported that these centers did not exist in most of the country, and where they did they were substandard. Therefore, Honduras is placed on Tier 2 Watch List. NGOs noted that the criminal justice system often re-victimized child victims. The government did not operate dedicated shelters or services for trafficking victims, and most services were provided by NGOs without funding from the government. Authorities did not report providing services to repatriated children identified as potential victims by a foreign government.
Increase efforts to prosecute all forms of trafficking, including forced labor crimes and forced prostitution of adult victims, and increase the number of trafficking offenders convicted and sentenced; ensure that specialized services and shelter are available to all victims of trafficking through dedicated funding, either of government entities or civil society organizations; develop and implement formal procedures for identifying victims among vulnerable populations and referring them to service providers; increase the number of adult victims identified and assisted, including repatriated Honduran victims; increase resources and staff for the dedicated police and prosecutorial units; improve data collection on anti-trafficking efforts; and enhance government planning and coordination mechanisms, in part through funding the interagency commission.
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Authorities did not report providing services to repatriated children identified as potential victims by a foreign government. The overburdened office of the special prosecutor for children coordinated the interagency commission on child trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, which is composed of government agencies, NGOs, and international organizations. The Government of Honduras does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. Authorities reported identifying 26 trafficking victims in and referring all of these victims to NGOs. The government did not demonstrate progress in investigating or prosecuting forced labor or the forced prostitution of adults. The government could provide foreign victims with a temporary residency status, but reported that no foreign victims applied for this status during the year. The government maintained a national hotline for trafficking victims to obtain information and assistance; the hotline was administered by the anti-trafficking police unit, and NGOs considered it ineffective.