Morocco is tackling human trafficking by launching a new awareness raising campaign.
The campaign’s purpose is to inform local bodies and the general public about human trafficking as well as the Moroccan laws about trafficking. It is part of a broader program by the Moroccan Public Ministry to ensure “access to legal services for women and children victims of human trafficking in Morocco.”
The campaign includes two short animated videos explaining human trafficking for social media; a 26-minute documentary to be shown on 2M and National Society of Radio and Television (SNRT), the two main Moroccan television channels; and a short radio broadcast.
In August 2016, Morocco introduced Law 27.14 which sets out a framework for prosecuting human trafficking crimes, in line with international laws. The law defines human trafficking and sets out the penalties for the crime.
The head of Public Prosecutions, Mohamed Abdennabaoui, stated on Monday that the fight against human trafficking remains a central preoccupation of the Morocan justice system and that the law “provided an effective framework to prevent traffickers and to guarantee legal protection for the victims.” Abdennabaoui is also the president of the Public Ministry.
In 2015, UN Women released a study on human trafficking in Morocco. It identified incidences of trafficking of local and migrant men, women and children for sexwork, forced labor and terrorism and incidences of underage and forced marriage, the selling of infants, and forced begging.
At the time of the study, human trafficking was not part of the Moroccan legislative framework, though other legal provisions such as “intentional violence” and “kidnapping” were used to prosecute cases.