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• Source, transit, and destination country for children and women subjected to sex trafficking.

• Senegalese boys and girls are subjected to domestic servitude, forced labor in gold mines, and commercial sexual exploitation.

• NGO observers believe most women and girls in forced prostitution, however, remain in Senegal.

• Women and girls from other West African countries, particularly Liberia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria, may be subjected to commercial sexual exploitation in Senegal, including for international sex tourism.

• Rape a widespread problem.

• Spousal rape difficult to quantify since it was a taboo subject and seldom reported.

• Violence against women against the law, but law not enforced.



* Government-run Ginddi Center provides shelter to women and girls who are victims of rape or early marriage.

• Moussa Sow’s NGO, Future of a Child, works with trafficking victims to keep young girls from sexual exploitation


Sources: U.S. Department of State 2010 Human Rights Report, U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2011; U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2006