The US State Department has maintained Libya as an "exceptional case" in the fight against human trafficking at a time when armed groups are involved in forcibly recruiting children into their ranks.
The State Department said in its annual report on human trafficking Thursday that instability and lack of government oversight in Libya allowed human trafficking crimes to continue and become more profitable.
The report noted "the involvement of several groups and armed militias, some of which are used as combat forces or security forces by the government, in the recruitment and use of child soldiers." International organizations documented incidents in 2018 of "local armed groups recruiting children aged 13 to 15 at a time when they remain vulnerable to sexual exploitation. "
This is the fourth year in a row that US State Department has classified Libya as an "exceptional case" in the fight against human trafficking due to the volatile political situation in the country.