Between 2005 and 2013, the Government of Sierra Leone convicted 22 people for human trafficking crimes in the country. Some of the sentences handed out to the traffickers were for 22 years.
In its 2012 report on human trafficking, the United States Department of State wrote that the Government of Sierra Leone was not fulling its anti-trafficking responsibilities.
NGOs in the country believe that the 2,500 estimated children who live on the streets of the capital are at high-risk of being victims of human trafficking.
Source: Tommy Trenchard, “Sierra Leone’s Child Trafficking to Blame for Street Kids,” AllAfrica, June 7, 2013.