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Disputes – International

Madagascar lay claims Bassas da India, Europa Island, Glorioso Islands, and Juan de Nova Island (all administered by France). The vegetated drying cays of Banc du Geyser, which were claimed by Madagascar in 1976, also fall within the EEZ claims of the Comoros and France (Glorioso Islands, part of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands).

Trafficking in Persons

Madagascar is a source country for men, women and children subjected to forced labour, and women and children subjected to sex trafficking. Poor Malagasy women hired as domestic workers in Lebanon and Kuwait are vulnerable to abuse by recruitment agencies and employers. An increasing number of Malagasy men were victimised by labour trafficking abroad in 2012. Malagasy children are subjected to domestic servitude, prostitution, forced begging and forced labour within the country, often with the complicity of family members. Coastal cities have child sex tourism trades, with Malagasy men being the main clients.

Illicit Drugs

Madagascar is an illicit producer of cannabis (cultivated and wild varieties), used mostly for domestic consumption. The country is also a trans-shipment point for heroin.