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Gambia:
Military & Transnational Issues

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Military branches
Definition
Office of the Chief of Defense: Gambian National Army (National Guard, GNA), Gambian Navy (GN) (2008)
Military service age and obligation
Definition
18 years of age for voluntary military service; no conscription (2008)
Manpower available for military service
Definition
males age 16-49: 379,668
females age 16-49: 384,438 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
Definition - World rank and map
males age 16-49: 230,202
females age 16-49: 244,480 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
Definition - World rank and map
0.5% (2006)
Disputes - international
Definition
attempts to stem refugees, cross-border raids, arms smuggling, and other illegal activities by separatists from southern Senegal's Casamance region, as well as from conflicts in other west African states
Refugees and internally displaced persons
Definition
refugees (country of origin): 5,955 (Sierra Leone) (2007)
Trafficking in persons
Definition
current situation: The Gambia is a source, transit, and destination country for children and women trafficked for the purposes of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation; women and girls, and to a lesser extent boys, are trafficked for sexual exploitation - in particular to meet the demand for European sex tourism - and for domestic servitude; boys are trafficked within the country for forced begging and street vending; Gambian women and children may be trafficked to Europe through trafficking schemes disguised as migrant smuggling
tier rating: Tier 2 Watch List - for a second consecutive year, The Gambia is on the Tier 2 Watch List for its failure to provide evidence of increasing efforts to eliminate trafficking; The Gambia failed to report any trafficking arrests, prosecutions, or convictions in 2007, and the government demonstrated weak victim protection efforts during the reporting period (2008)


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