06 May '11, 7am

ASEAN to strengthen fight against human trafficking

JAKARTA: Southeast Asian leaders will take steps to strengthen the fight against human trafficking in the region, according to a draft of a joint statement expected to be released after a summit this weekend. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders will say there is an "urgent need" for a comprehensive approach to the transnational crime, according to the draft communique which was seen by AFP on Friday. The leaders will acknowledge "the urgent need for a comprehensive regional approach and a legal instrument" that will enable ASEAN's 10 member states to help victims, especially women and children, it said. The trafficking of people including women and children for forced or low-paid labour such as prostitution is a major problem in Southeast Asia, but governments have often been accused of doing little to fight the smugglers. This could change at the we...

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