SEYCHELLES: Tier 2
The Government of Seychelles does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so. The government demonstrated significant efforts during the reporting period; therefore Seychelles was upgraded to Tier 2. The government demonstrated overall increasing efforts by investigating and prosecuting more cases, as well as convicting its first trafficker under the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons Act of 2014; investigating a senior government official; identifying and providing assistance to more victims; and allocating some funds to assist victims this year. For the first time, the government awarded victims restitution from their traffickers, and the government also established a special task force to inspect migrant worker labor conditions, including inspections in the Seychelles International Trade Zone (SITZ) during the reporting period. However, the government did not meet the minimum standards in several key areas. The government did not have any comprehensive shelters or care facilities available for trafficking victims, and it did not implement its standard operating procedures for victim identification and referral or its victim assistance mechanism. The government did not provide adequate anti-trafficking training for its personnel, nor did it utilize its national centralized anti-trafficking data collection and reporting tool. The government did not provide sufficient resources for victim assistance and did not adopt a National Action Plan (NAP) to address trafficking. Government officials denied the existence of and made negligible efforts to address sex trafficking in Seychelles.