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Cablegate: Morocco: 2008 Trafficking in Persons Demarche

VZCZCXYZ0000
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHRB #0524 1611017
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 091017Z JUN 08
FM AMEMBASSY RABAT
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8684
INFO RUEHAS/AMEMBASSY ALGIERS 4810
RUEHMD/AMEMBASSY MADRID 6000
RUEHCL/AMCONSUL CASABLANCA 4134

UNCLAS RABAT 000524

SIPDIS
SENSITIVE

STATE FOR G/TIP, DRL/NESCA, PRM AND NEA/MAG

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ELAB PHUM PREL SMIG PGOV KCRM KPAO KWMN MO
SUBJECT: MOROCCO: 2008 TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS DEMARCHE
DELIVERED

REF: A. STATE 058780
B. STATE 059118

1. (SBU) On June 4, the Ambassador telephoned Minister of
Social Development, Families, and Solidarity Nouzha Skalli,
who was traveling, of Morocco's new status as a
Trafficking-in-Persons (TIP) Tier 2 country. The Ambassador
also shared basic recommendations and promised to follow up
with concrete suggestions that might aid the GOM in returning
to Tier 1 (Ref B).

2. (SBU) DCM subsequently delivered the 2008 TIP report (Ref
A) to Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director of
American Affairs Fouad Yazourh. Yazourh said Morocco,s
geographic location makes it a logical transit country for
trafficking in persons, drugs, extremism, and terrorism.
However, he asserted that Morocco should not be judged by the
standards of other countries who are not in the same
position. He emphasized Morocco,s respect for victims,
rights and noted that Morocco faces a dual challenge of
distinguishing between those who are immigrants and victims,
and those who are guilty of trafficking persons. Unlike
other countries, he said, &The risks are much greater for
Morocco.8 Yazourh concluded that the GOM looked forward to
working with the USG on developing regional cooperation and
transparency in the fight against trafficking in persons.


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