Mauritania: Aminetou Mint Moctar Honored for Efforts To Combat Trafficking in Persons

Posted by Talley Sergent
June 4, 2010
Girl in Mauritania

Every year, the U.S. Department of State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons highlights the efforts of individuals from all over the world who work tirelessly to ensure that every person, no matter one's nation of origin or standing in society, is able to pursue a life of freedom. In the days leading up to the release of the annual Trafficking in Persons Report, DipNote will share their stories.About of Author: Talley Sergent is a Public Affairs Officer in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

For more than two decades, Ms. Mint Moctar has worked against certain abusive practices to ensure that women in her native country, Mauritania, are not exploited or enslaved. In 2009, she spearheaded highly visible public campaigns to denounce trafficking of young Mauritanian girls to Gulf States as well as the exploitation of Mauritanian and West African women living in domestic servitude.

Ms. Mint Moctar has fought for these women -- whose voices are silenced in Mauritanian society -- to create a legal framework to protect victims and fight impunity. She has been a vocal opponent of the traditional practice of early marriages, which increases girls' chances of being trafficked or sexually exploited.

Ms. Mint Moctar's efforts have not only changed the lives of individual women and girls, but have also convinced the government of Mauritania that these practices exist.

She heads the Association Femmes Chefs de Familles, an organization she founded in 1999 to provide assistance to victims of domestic violence, rape, and trafficking. For her work with these sensitive and often taboo issues, Ms. Mint Moctar has received innumerable threats. But Ms. Moctar continues her dedication and commitment to assisting female trafficking victims and to raising awareness about their plight on a national and international level.

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OysterCracker
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United States
June 5, 2010

O.C. in U.S.A. writes:

Excellent Early childhood development programs would go a long way to protect children and women from being trafficked. When emphasis and support is placed early in a child's life, it acts as a warning flag to potential traffickers that children are valued in the community and are considered to be a country's national treasure. The programs further support strong families by empowering women to raise strong, educated children who will grow up to improve a nation's plight. As women are taught what constitutes abusive treatment and are given more effective tools to counteract it they will start to demand better treatment from their husbands and society. Education starts young with children and ideas can spread quickly through a commmunity through children. This is an overlooked area of foreign policy that should be better utilized.

If you want lasting change in a society you need to start with children. This is the key that is most often overlooked. It would also be much cheaper to effect change at this level.

palgye
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South Korea
June 7, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Dear to,

The conduct of North Korea goes wrong and from the root until branch end to recognize a prerequisite speaks. and China...

Thinks the data which circulates intentionally. Thinks with the opinion which is personal the class which belongs in 10% where is a North Korea high-level layer. North Korea wanting thinks permission of the United States. Uses HP, when the screen which computers is born sees the thing. And, the best solution Korea and North Korea is direct, thinks a dialogue the solution which leads. Thinks got up a many confusion with judgment mistake. Is sorry.

P.S. Is Humanism, enemies the approach which knows, is calculated thoroughly and the possibility thinks if the approach which equips a restraint system that is. About China many around thinks always profitably about effort and result. and, 555? Roh? Minjoo (Will forget the damage ceremony of the general members the tool without the approach is difficult.) but, MS, Han is good?

OysterCracker
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United States
June 7, 2010

O.C. in USA writes:

As organized criminals who traffic anything and everything, I was wondering why these groups aren't considered to be "enemies of the state", and marginalized similiar to the policy against the Taliban. Can anyone explain why there is a double standard in this regard? Wouldn't promoting trade and partnership be even more profitable and in the USA's best interests than allowing mayhem and strife in communities? Can someone please explain in a nutshell what America's foreign policy is in this regard?

OysterCracker
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United States
June 8, 2010

O.C. in USA writes:

Turab Ahmed Sheik,a known trafficker and murderer of over 200 desperate South Asians is living like a king in Malta. Why doesn't Interpol arrest him?

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