The government maintained strong collaborative working ties with anti-trafficking NGOs, local media, donor organizations, and regional partners.Courts convicted fewer traffickers RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ARMENIA: Improve efforts to identify victims of forced labor, including by strengthening victim identification training for officials and empowering labor inspectors to identify victims through unannounced visits, and increasing cooperation across law enforcement entities; provide sensitivity training to judges and lawyers to improve treatment of trafficking victims; work with Russian authorities to identify Armenian forced labor victims and prosecute labor traffickers; work with NGOs to find ways to identify and assist Armenian victims in Turkey and reintegrate victims; effectively develop and implement new victim compensation mechanisms for trafficking victims; work with NGOs to improve the safety of victims and ensure their freedom of movement while receiving shelter and assistance; continue awareness-raising campaigns to rural and border communities and to children leaving child care institutions; license, regulate, and educate local employment agencies and agents so they can help prevent the forced labor of Armenians abroad; and continue robust partnerships with civil society groups.Due to security concerns, NGO shelters required adult victims to notify staff when they left shelters unescorted, but victims were free to leave if they no longer wanted assistance.Services were available to female and male victims.
The Ministry of Social and Labor Affairs conducted trafficking-related training for over 270 civil servants; the government trained approximately 600 police employees and regular officers at the Police Academy, and the Ministry of Justice included trafficking topics in mandatory human rights training for 60 officers and 720 employees of corrections institutions.
Armenia is a source and, to a lesser extent, destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex and labor trafficking.
The sex and labor trafficking of Armenian women and children within the country is an increasing problem.
Four victims identified in 2014 were Chinese nationals subjected to sex trafficking in Armenia by Chinese traffickers.
Five of the 11 female sex trafficking victims identified by Armenian authorities had been subjected to trafficking in Armenia, five in the UAE, and one in Turkey.