CGPUChild and Gender Protection Unit (Lesotho)
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The CGPU identified 24 trafficking victims in 2011, but was unable to provide details on all of these cases, which included 15 Basotho nationals between the ages of 16 and 27 brought into South Africa for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor.
The CGPU provided security for two victims who assisted in the investigation and prosecution of their traffickers during the year.
Still without such centers, the government partnered with NGO-run care centers to provide victims with assistance; of the seven victims NGOs provided services to during the reporting period, the CGPU referred four.
Three weekly radio programs focus on trafficking in persons; the head of the CGPU participates in these programs.
The CGPU and partners in local communities conducted awareness workshops, and trained other officers in the Lesotho Mounted Police on victim awareness and identification.
The CGPU staff provided counseling to women and children who are victims of abuse, including some who were possibly trafficking victims.