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• Country of origin for children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking.

• Rape reporting problems exacerbated in the Muslim eastern regions of Gabu and Bafata, where a cultural practice known as “djokorenda” dictated that the issue be resolved at home within a family.

• Domestic violence, including wife beating, an accepted means of settling domestic disputes, was reportedly widespread.

• Girls may be subjected to forced domestic service and child prostitution in Senegal, including for exploitation by international sex tourists, or lured to The Gambia and Lebanon with promises of employment and subsequently exploited in the sex trade.


Sources: U.S. Department of State 2010 Human Rights Report, U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons