By Stefanos Evripidou
CYPRUS remains a source and destination country for men and women subjected to forced labour and sex trafficking, the US State Department said in its 2014 global trafficking report, released yesterday.
Despite efforts to meet minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, the Cypriot government did not demonstrate an overall increase in those efforts compared to the previous reporting period, keeping Cyprus on the Tier 2 Watch List.
On the contrary, investigations into trafficking, prosecutions and convictions fell by more than half on all counts.
Victims of trafficking identified in Cyprus came from Europe, Asia and Africa, said the report, noting that women, primarily from eastern Europe, Vietnam, India, and sub-Saharan Africa, are subjected to sex trafficking. read the full story here