Palau Issues - 2023


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Disputes - international

Palau-Indonesia: maritime delineation negotiations continue with Philippines, Indonesia

Palau-Philippines: maritime delineation negotiations continue with Philippines, Indonesia

Trafficking in persons

tier rating: Tier 2 Watch List — Palau does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so; Palau convicted a trafficker for the first time since 2018, convicted a government official for corruption in trafficking-related crimes, initiated two prosecutions, established an interagency working group, and conducted public awareness campaigns; it also finalized and implemented a national action plan and hired an investigator and victim advocate for its Anti-Human Trafficking Unit; however, the government did not demonstrate overall increasing efforts compared to the previous year to expand its anti-trafficking capacity; officials lacked standard operating procedures for victim identification and referral to services; a lenient sentence for a convicted trafficker weakened deterrence, undercut efforts to fight trafficking, and placed victims who cooperated with the investigation and prosecution at risk; therefore, Palau remained on Tier 2 Watch List for the second consecutive year (2022)

trafficking profile: human traffickers exploit domestic and foreign victims in Palau; foreigners in Palau number about one-third of the population of nearly 22,000, and those with little education or English language proficiency are particularly at risk of trafficking; Filipino, Bangladeshi, Nepali, Thai, Korean, and Chinese adult nationals pay thousands of dollars in recruitment fees to migrate to Palau for jobs in domestic service, agriculture, restaurants, or construction, but some become trafficking victims; some women from the Philippines and China, recruited to work as waitresses or clerks, are exploited in sex trafficking; some foreign workers on fishing boats experience conditions indicative of human trafficking; Cubans working in Palau may have been forced to work by the Cuban government; official complicity facilitates some trafficking; government officials--including labor, immigration, law enforcement, and elected officials—have been investigated for complicity in trafficking crimes (2022)

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