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Authorities reported identifying 26 trafficking victims in 2012 and referring all of these victims to NGOs.
The government did not operate dedicated shelters or services for trafficking victims, and most services were provided by NGOs without funding from the government.
Most trafficking offenders were prosecuted under non-trafficking statutes that prescribe lower penalties, such as those prohibiting pimping. Authorities reported opening 47 trafficking investigations in 2012 and prosecuting and convicting three child sex trafficking offenders under statutes prohibiting commercial sexual exploitation of children.
The convicted offenders received sentences ranging from six to 19 years’ imprisonment, plus fines.
The government maintained a law enforcement unit dedicated to investigating human trafficking and human smuggling crimes based in the capital.
Honduran women and children are exploited in sex trafficking in other countries in the region as well, particularly Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and the United States.
To a lesser extent, women and girls from neighboring countries are exploited in sex trafficking in Honduras.
Honduras is principally a source and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor.
Honduran women and children are often subjected to sex trafficking in urban and tourist centers such as Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, and the Bay Islands.Protection The Honduran government provided limited funds to one NGO to provide services to vulnerable children.Overall government efforts to identify, refer, and assist trafficking victims were inadequate and almost entirely dependent on civil society organizations.During the year, a large number of indigenous Miskito men and boys from Honduras were found on a fishing vessel in Jamaican waters, and 21 of these boys were identified as potential trafficking victims by Jamaican authorities.