Human Trafficking & Modern-day Slavery
Poverty drives the unsuspecting poor into the
hands of traffickers
Published reports & articles from 2000 to 2025 gvnet.com/humantrafficking/Micronesia.htm
The Federated States
of Micronesia (FSM) is a source country for some women trafficked to Guam for
the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation, and possibly a destination
for women from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) trafficked for the
purposes of commercial sexual exploitation. The FSM may be a destination
country for a few men and women from other Pacific nations trafficked for the
purpose of forced labor. - U.S. State Dept Trafficking in Persons Report,
June, 2009 Check out aa later country report here and possibly a full TIP Report here
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Reports on Human Rights Practices: Micronesia
U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and
Labor, 30 March 2021
[accessed 17 June
FORCED OR COMPULSORY LABOR
The law prohibits
all forms of forced or compulsory labor. The government effectively enforced
the law, although resources and inspections were minimal.
PROHIBITION OF CHILD
LABOR AND MINIMUM AGE FOR EMPLOYMENT
There was no
employment of children for wages, but children often assisted their families
in subsistence farming and family-owned shops. There were reports of children
trafficked by family members for commercial sex, particularly to foreign
fishermen and other seafarers.
[accessed 8 July
G4. DO INDIVIDUALS
ENJOY EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY AND FREEDOM FROM ECONOMIC EXPLOITATION?
Forced labor is
prohibited, and the government enforces basic standards for working
conditions in the formal sector. Foreign migrant workers nevertheless remain
vulnerable to exploitative labor practices, including on foreign fishing
vessels in FSM waters, and some Micronesian women are reportedly trafficked
for sexual exploitation. The US State Department’s 2019 Trafficking in
Persons Report noted that Micronesia had increased efforts to prosecute human
traffickers, but it nevertheless remained a pervasive problem in the country,
and victim-identification and protection services were limited. In October
2019, the Yap state acting attorney general, Rachelle Bergeron, was shot and
killed, allegedly in connection with her work cracking down on human
trafficking ring on the island.
In March 2019, a
Supreme Court judge convicted two men of human trafficking and sexual abuse
of a minor and sentenced them to almost eight years imprisonment.
In September 2019,
the FSM government requested the US State Department launch an investigation
into an American meatpacking company in Iowa that had allegedly been
trafficking and abusing Micronesian workers.
Committee Concludes Consideration of Report of Micronesia
United Nations Press
Release, HR/CRC/98/11, 14 January 1998
A question was
asked if cases of abducted children were common in Micronesia. The delegate
affirmed that there were no known incidents of abduction or sale of children
in the country. Because of the smallness of the islands and the scarcity of
the population, it was difficult to carry out such acts, she added.
Protection Project -
TRAFFICKING ROUTES - Little
information is available on trafficking in persons in the
GOVERNMENT RESPONSES - There is no
legislation specifically dealing with trafficking. Other general provisions
may be applied to instances of trafficking, however. For example, the
constitution states that slavery and involuntary servitude are prohibited
except to punish crime. The removal or confinement of any child younger than
14 by force, deception, or threat without his or her parents’ consent is
EARLIER EDITIONS OF SOME OF THE ABOVE ***
Reports » 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
– National and state laws do not specifically prohibit trafficking in persons.
During the year a court in
SECTION 6 WORKER RIGHTS – [e] Working
conditions aboard some Chinese-owned fishing vessels operating in the
country's waters were very poor. Crewmen reported a high incidence of
injuries, beatings by officers, and nonpayment of salary.
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