Saudi Press

Saudi Arabia and the world
Thursday, Feb 02, 2023

Algeria Announces New Law to Combat 'Human Trafficking' in Response to US Criticism

Algeria Announces New Law to Combat 'Human Trafficking' in Response to US Criticism

The Algerian government announced a new draft law on "human trafficking," which included penalties of up to 20 years imprisonment.
The new law came in response to observations in annual reports of the US State Department on human trafficking, which criticized Algeria.

It calls for a national strategy to prevent human trafficking, asserting the need to harness all necessary efforts and capabilities to implement the new law.

Various state institutions and civil society participated in developing and implementing the new national strategy.

The National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking, established in 2016, prepared an annual report on the situation of human trafficking in Algeria, evaluated the measures taken to prevent and combat it, and submitted it to the President.

The new draft law stipulated that the state accompany victims of human trafficking and provide them with health, psychological, social, and legal assistance and care.

It must also facilitate their reintegration into society, with particular attention to women, children, and people with special needs, considering their age and gender. Victims are treated free of charge by public health institutions.

The authorities' protection also included Algerians who are victims of such crimes abroad, as the state works in coordination with the competent authorities in the concerned countries to assist them and, upon their request, facilitate their return to Algeria.

Foreign victims are also included under the new law, and the state facilitates their return to their home countries. They can also request compensation before the Algerian judiciary and benefit from the National Fund to Assist Victims of Human Trafficking, established for this purpose.

The government divided victims of human trafficking into several categories, including recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring, or receiving one or more persons under threat or by use of force.

It also identifies the group that gives or receives sums of money or benefits to sell, deliver, or obtain a child and any act or practice that allows child marriage without having the right to refuse.

The draft allowed the prosecution to search homes any time of the day in the event of a suspected human trafficking crime.

Observers noted that the law targeted people who employ sub-Saharan nationals in their homes, or construction sites, especially since their rights are often violated illegally. Each year, thousands of sub-Saharan citizens enter Algeria.

In 2021, the US State Department ranked Algeria as a third-tier country regarding human trafficking, the lowest tier in the report. The following year, it upgraded the country to the second tier.

Algeria considered the classification "unfair" and confirmed that it had doubled investigations, prosecutions, and convictions and provided shelter to many victims, especially children.

Algiers said it had proved exemplary cooperation with international organizations to train officials and launch public awareness campaigns.
Newsletter

Related Articles

Saudi Press
Close
0:00
0:00
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT - US Memphis Police murdering innocent Tyre Nichols
Almost 30% of professionals say they've tried ChatGPT at work
Interpol seeks woman who ran elaborate exam cheating scam in Singapore
What is ChatGPT?
Bill Gates is ‘very optimistic’ about the future: ‘Better to be born 20 years from now...than any time in the past’
Tesla reported record profits and record revenues for 2022
Germany confirms it will provide Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks
Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre Photo Is Fake: Ghislaine Maxwell
Opinion | Israel’s Supreme Court Claims a Veto on Democracy
Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin Gets Married On His 93rd Birthday
Who’s Threatening Israeli Democracy?
Federal Reserve Probes Goldman’s Consumer Business
China's first population drop in six decades
Microsoft is finalising plans to become the latest technology giant to reduce its workforce during a global economic slowdown
Saudi FM discusses Kingdom’s economy, oil, Iran and US ties in Davos
Israelis rally in three cities against Netanyahu legal reforms
China's foreign ministry branch in Hong Kong urges British gov't to stop the biased and double standards Hong Kong report
Tesla slashes prices globally by as much as 20 percent
1.4 Million Copies Of Prince Harry's Memoir 'Spare' Sold On 1st Day In UK
After Failing To Pay Office Rent, Twitter May Sell User Names
Lisa Marie Presley, singer and daughter of Elvis, dies aged 54
FIFA president questioned by prosecutors
Britain's Sunak breaks silence and admits using private healthcare
Saudi Arabia plans to use domestic uranium for nuclear fuel
Mohammed Bin Salman chosen most influential Arab leader of 2022
Hype and backlash as Harry's memoir goes on sale. Unnamed royal source says prince 'kidnapped by cult of psychotherapy and Meghan'
United Arab Emirates says it will teach Holocaust in schools
Saudi Arabia set to overtake India as fastest-growing major economy this year 
International medical experts speak out against COVID-19 restrictions on China
Google and Facebook’s dominance in digital ads challenged by rapid ascent of Amazon and TikTok
FTX fraud investigators are digging deeper into Sam Bankman-Fried's inner circle – and reportedly have ex-engineer Nishad Singh in their sights
TikTok CEO Plans to Meet European Union Regulators
France has banned the online sale of paracetamol until February, citing ongoing supply issues
Japan reportedly to give families 1 million yen per child to move out of Tokyo
Saudi Arabia’s female ambassadors: Who are the five women representing the Kingdom?
Almubarak named ‘The Best Central Bank Governor of the Year 2023 for the Middle East’
Hong Kong property brokerages slash payrolls in choppy market
U.S. Moves to Seize Robinhood Shares, Silvergate Accounts Tied to FTX
Effect of EU sanctions on Moscow is ‘less than zero’ – Belgian MEP
Dubai announces $8.7 trillion economic plan to boost trade, investment and global hub status
Coinbase to Pay $100 Million in Settlement With New York Regulator
FTX assets worth $3.5bn held by Bahamas securities regulator
A Republican congressman-elect is under investigation in New York after he admitted he lied about his education and work experience.
Brazilian football legend Pele, arguably the greatest player ever, has died at the age of 82.
Hong Kong to scrap almost all its Covid rules
EU calls screening of travellers from China unjustified
US imposes Covid testing for visitors from China
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Addresses Joint Session of Congress - FULL SPEECH
Where is Rishi? Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's excuses about the UK's economic challenges just don't make sense
Former FTX CEO Bankman-Fried finally arrested in Bahamas after U.S. files charges
×