Morocco, IOM Launch E-Learning Platform To Counter Human Trafficking
Rabat - Morocco’s National Commission in charge of the Coordination of Measures to Counter and Prevent Human Trafficking recently partnered with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to launch an e-learning platform to train civil society actors on human trafficking.
The platform launched on August 18 is part of the African Regional Program for Migration.
The e-learning platform provides eight modules on human trafficking in French and Arabic. The 12 hours program is open to individuals interested in the subject as well as professionals from the Moroccan civil society.
Each learner can access the course material online and follow the modules at their own pace. The course content is based on Morocco’s law 27-14 which criminalizes sex and labor trafficking as well as the Palermo protocol and other national and international legal guidelines on the topic.
After completing the course material, the beneficiaries are asked to take a test issued by IOM to receive a certificate from the Moroccan national commission.
The new e-learning platform aims to train Moroccans to counter human trafficking, a phenomenon that continues to present a challenge to the government.
In 2021, Moroccan authorities investigated 85 trafficking cases involving 116 sex trafficking suspects, 10 labor trafficking suspects, and 20 suspects with charges related to unspecified forms of trafficking. Out of the total suspects, 54 traffickers were convicted compared to 69 traffickers in 2020.
Still, Morocco remained on the US Department of State’s “tier 2” in its recent report on Trafficking in Persons (TIP). Explaining the ranking, the state department said that the Moroccan government “does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking” despite its “significant” efforts
The report further argued that “the government identified the fewest number of trafficking victims since 2018 and remained without comprehensive victim identification and referral procedures, which were pending government approval for the third consecutive year.”