Country Maldives
Year 2020 - 2022
Type of Measure Policies > National action plan specific to violence against women
Form of Violence Trafficking

Brief Description

The Cabinet passed the Maldives National Anti-Human Trafficking Action Plan 2020-2022, and the NAP entered into effect on 30 March 2020. The new National Action Plan sets out a clear direction for the anti-human trafficking efforts of the Maldives, starting from 30th March 2020 up until 31st December 2022. The main goal of the Maldives National Anti-Human Trafficking Action Plan 2020-2022 is to accelerate efforts to eliminate Trafficking in Persons (TIP) in the Maldives.

The NAP aims to complete following 11 action items:
1. Conduct a baseline study to gauge the TIP situation in the Maldives
2. Amend the Prevention of Human Trafficking Act (PHTA) to bring the definition of human trafficking in line with the 2000 UN TIP Protocol and to streamline NAHTSC’s functioning
3. Review and adopt SOPs for proactive identification of trafficking victims and referral to services
4. Set up a toll-free hotline to report suspected TIP offenders & victims
5. Adopt a Communications Strategy for national anti-TIP efforts
6. Conduct an annual media campaign for anti-TIP awareness especially among migrant workers to coincide with World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July
7. Set up a dedicated Anti-TIP Officeto coordinate NAHTSC activities
8. Strengthen international cooperation on anti-TIP efforts 
9. Increase monitoring, screenings, investigations, prosecutions, and convictions for all forms of trafficking
10. Conduct anti-TIP workshops for law enforcement, immigration officials, prosecutors, judges and social service providers
11. Set up a permanent shelter for identified TIP victims

Source of Information

Maldives' submission for National Review for Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, Beijing+25, 2019.

For more information: Original Document and The Government of Maldives Official Website