2018 Sep 05
September 5, 2018

Using tech to combat human trafficking

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Two Cambodian girls rescued from brothels in Phnom Penh by the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Centre. (Rob Elliot / AFP Photo) The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been trying to tackle the scourge of human trafficking for a while now. Unfortunately, as 2018 dawned, none of the ASEAN member states made it onto the.. read more →

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is setting up a special court to tackle rising numbers of human trafficking cases, in a move welcomed by campaigners who said it would help deliver justice to victims. The nation relies heavily on foreign domestic workers as well as labourers from countries including Indonesia, Bangladesh and Nepal for jobs shunned by locals.. read more →

Domestic helpers leaving for Hong Kong pass through the security check at Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta. Photo: Reuters Tyas Weningsih Putri left her village in Kendal, Central Java in August 2016 to try her luck for a second time as a migrant worker in Malaysia. She had been recruited to work in a birds’ nest.. read more →

New Delhi, India: Calling for collective action to protect and assist victims of human trafficking, senior government officials and experts from India, Bangladesh and Nepal emphasised the need to institutionalize a regional referral mechanism to boost joint efforts at a convening hosted by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) South Asia and the.. read more →

BANGKOK —  Thailand’s military government has been forced to set a six-month grace period for new migrant labor laws with harsh penalties, after protests and panic among workers and employers. Migrant labor has a crucial place in the Thai economy, with up to 2.7 million workers from neighboring Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia working in fisheries,.. read more →