ASEAN makes efforts to reduce human trafficking


An ASEAN conference on the application of laws, policies and practices to the identification, management and treatment of victims of trafficking, especially women and children, was held in Jakarta, Indonesia on later September.
Jointly organised by the ASEAN Secretariat and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the event aimed to bolster cooperation in preventing and combating human trafficking, especially women and children, as well as providing support to victims.
ASEAN Deputy Secretary General Vongthap Arthakaivalvatee said the event marked the implementation of legal frameworks in combating and managing human trafficking among ASEAN’s country members.
Human trafficking has reached alarming level and effective measures are urgently needed to address this problem, he said.
Delegates at the event acknowledged that the establishment of the ASEAN Community has fostered free trade and movement among nations; however human trafficking has also increased. The situation needs close cooperation between countries.
ASEAN’s country members have developed the ASEAN Convention against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP and APA) in order to combat such crime.
A standard process for member countries to identify victims of human trafficking will be built and discussed at the 11th Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative against Trafficking (COMMIT) which is scheduled for November, 2016 in Laos./.

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John Smith 5/10/16 20:57

Regional leaders inaugurated the Asean Community at the end of 2015 to bring their 10 countries closer - not only for economic integration, but also on security-political issues as well as social and cultural affairs.

Gentle Moon 5/10/16 21:01

One test for this dream of Community is whether the lives of ordinary citizens will improve, and one hard issue will be the ongoing tragedy of trafficking in persons.

LawrenceSamuels 5/10/16 21:02

millions of victims are being trafficked across Asean to work in different sectors - including the sex industry, fishing and on plantations.

Jane smartnic 5/10/16 21:03

Accurate figures for the region are debatable but, for Asia-Pacific, the International Labour Organisation estimates that there are now more than 11.7 million victims of forced labour. A much stronger effort is needed to stem the illegal trafficking in persons.

yobro yobro 5/10/16 21:07

Human trafficking in regions such as Southeast Asia have long been a problem for the area and still is prevalent today.

Love Peace 5/10/16 21:08

It has been observed that as economies continue to grow, the demand for labor is at an all-time high in the industrial sector and the sex tourism sector.

MaskOf Zero 5/10/16 21:09

A mix of impoverished individuals and the desire for more wealth creates an environment for human traffickers to benefit in the Southeast Asia region.

Only Solidar 5/10/16 21:09

Many nations within the region have taken preventative measures to end human trafficking within their borders and punish traffickers operating there.

Pack Cassiopian 5/10/16 21:10

The main causes of human trafficking in Southeast Asia are universal factors such as poverty and globalization.

Deck Hero14 5/10/16 21:11

Even as the industry is looked down upon today there is still a large underground market that is demanding from traffickers.

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