President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has ratified an amendment to the anti-human trafficking legislation, allowing the government to seize any wealth or products acquired through human trafficking.
The amendments bill outlining what constitutes human trafficking and child trafficking was passed by the parliament on April 14.
This entails either taking a child from another country or sending a child to another country to be exploited. According to the law, hiring children for employment, as well as ordering or instructing such practices, constitutes human trafficking.
A conviction for either of these crimes enables the government to seize any goods, products, or wealth gained from the illegal business.
The bill has now been introduced into the government gazette and is being enforced in the Maldives, following the President’s ratification.