AIT official lauds nation as 'close partner' in combating human trafficking worldwide
CNATAIPEI--American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Deputy Director Brent Christensen on Tuesday praised Taiwan's efforts to combat human trafficking, calling Taiwan a close partner with the United States on the issue.
October 2, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
The United States has been working with countries around the world to prevent human trafficking, punish offenders and assist victims, and Taiwan “has been a close partner in these efforts,” Christensen said at the opening of an international anti-human trafficking workshop in Taipei.
Taiwan has maintained Tier 1 status — the highest ranking — over the past four years in the U.S. Department of State's human trafficking report and has become a model in Asia for combating the crime, he said.
Toughening penalties and establishing a multilingual hotline to report these crimes are just some of the efforts it has undertaken, he said.
Around 200 experts, government officials and representatives of nonprofit organizations from Taiwan and 20 other countries attended the one-day International Workshop on Strategies for Combating Human Trafficking, organized by Taiwan's National Immigration Agency.
Peter Mellor, team leader of the Australian Federal Police's Child Protection Operations, said the fight against human trafficking and child sex crimes is not only up to law enforcement and government officials, but also up to private companies, NGOs and communities.
In addition to boycotting travel to villages that engage in child sex tourism, travel agencies could also bring tourists to shops that sell products made by disadvantaged women and children to support them financially, Mellor told CNA.
He also advised Taiwan, which lacks mutual legal assistance agreements with many countries, to aim for informal cooperation at the police-to-police level and to continue to share and exchange information about suspects and victims with the international community.