Increasing s of West African women have been identified in forced prostitutionincluding prostitures Boa Vista and Sal Islands and sometimes through sex tourism. Article criminalises slavery and prescribes sufficiently stringent penalties of six to 12 years' imprisonment.
In addition to article A, article of the criminal code outlaws the promotion, encouragement, or facilitation of prostitution and sexual acts with minors younger than 16 years of age or persons suffering from mental incapacity with penalties of four to 10 years' imprisonment, or two to six years' imprisonment if the victim is between ages 16 and When the victim is a minor, an undefined term which elsewhere in the criminal code is defined at 16, the penalty increases to six to 12 years' imprisonment.
Boys and girls, some of whom may be foreign nationals, are exploited in sex trafficking in Santa Maria, Praiaand Mindelosometimes through child sex tourism.
West African migrants may transit the archipelago en route to situations of exploitation in Europe. Children living in impoverished neighbourhoods with little state presence are also at risk, especially for sex prostitutss.
Article A makes it a crime to use force, ih, or coercion for the purposes of sexual or labour exploitation and prescribes penalties of four to 10 years' imprisonment. Article of the penal code punishes those who entice, transport, host, or receive children younger than 16 years of age or promote the conditions for sexual acts or prostitution in a foreign country with two to eight years' imprisonment. Some adult migrants from China and ECOWAS countries may receive low wages, work without contracts, and have irregular status, rendering them vulnerable to sex trafficking.
The penal code appears to prohibit all forms of trafficking in persons. Sex trafficking[ edit prostltutes Cabe Verde is primarily a source country for children subjected to sex trafficking within the country and a destination for women in forced prostitution.