Combating Trafficking in South-East Asia

A Review of Policy and Programme Responses

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At least two hundred thousand women and children from South-East Asia are trafficked annually. This figure represents nearly one third of the global trafficking trade. This study reviews what is known about trafficking in the region and provides a thorough overview of the viewpoints that have been developed within South-East Asia. It also discusses problems faced in the fight against trafficking and highlights priority areas for the development and implementation of counter trafficking programmes and initiatives.



Reviewing the trafficking context

Sensationalist headlines and emotive stories tend to dominate the picture of trafficking in the South-East Asian context, though many serious efforts have also been undertaken to analyse the problem. Indeed, trafficking has become a major concern to all countries in the region. There are, however, large variations in how these countries are affected by trafficking. The patterns, extent, and nature of trafficking are dependent on the economic, political, social and historical position of these countries on the global and regional level. For a better understanding of these diverse trafficking situations, it is important to review the broader context of trafficking, not only within this specific region, but also regarding the trafficking debate in general and the various approaches developed to counter it.


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