Moldovan needs for combating corruption and trafficking in persons remain pronounced. In the 2008 corruption rankings by NGO Transparency International (TI), Moldova ranked 109th (out of 145 countries.) Corruption still permeates all facets of Moldovan society, despite the fact that the Moldovan Center for Combating Economic Crime and Corruption (CCECC) has now has been in place for several years. On a positive note, there is now a full-fledged Anti-Corruption Office in the General Procuracy and the RLA has sponsored, with ABA, a series of combined anti-corruption workshops for investigators at the CCECC.
U.S. Law Enforcement Goals
The country’s extreme poverty makes it a major source country for persons – particularly women and girls – trafficked to the Balkans, Western Europe, and the Middle East. As a neighbor of Romania, Moldova now sits on the border of NATO and the European Union (EU). Assistance on fighting trafficking in persons is provided directly by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP). Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) funding focuses on helping Moldova meet EU standards, develop law enforcement institutions, fight corruption, and uphold the rule of law.