Middle East/Africa

Lower House Adopts Draft Law on Combating Human Trafficking in Morocco

The House of Representatives passed draft law 27-17 on combating human trafficking on Tuesday by majority vote (65 for and 26 abstentions). The bill was presented by Minister of Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs.

This bill is part of a new national policy on migration and asylum, which aims to adapt national legislation to international laws in relation notably to the protocols on the fight against human trafficking.

It is also part of the various recommendations of convention mechanisms and measures relating thereto, mainly those of the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons.

This bill includes broad definitions of human trafficking and concepts of exploitation in accordance with the guidelines adopted internationally, including the Palermo Protocol.

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