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.




Parts One and Two of this report have shown that many efforts have been undertaken to address the problem of trafficking in South-East Asia at international, regional and subregional, bilateral and national levels. It is noteworthy that several new initiatives have been developed based on the analyses and recommendations of former studies, indicating that there have been developments in assessing and responding to the problem. Yet, as various studies and resource persons have indicated, the problem of trafficking is by far not solved, but is, to the contrary, even thought to be increasing. Before discussing what could be done in addition to the described initiatives, it is useful to analyse some of the problems, which, according to various studies, continue to be obstacles to developing counter-trafficking measures in the region.


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