23 May 2007


The Trafficking in Persons Clearinghouse reports the welcome news that the Australian Government has renewed its financial commitment to support initiatives to combat people trafficking to this country for the next four years.

The website aims to provide information and raise awareness about this form of modern-day slavery which is one of the most pressing human rights issues facing the world today. The main focus is on the Australia and Asia/Pacific region.

More information about the global nature of this problem can be found at the website of STOP THE TRAFFIK a growing global coalition of over 700 member organizations from over 50 countries, working together to fight against people trafficking.

By raising public awareness around the issue, member organizations of the coalition aim to convince the UN and individual governments to introduce legislation and policies to protect people from trafficking.

Specifically the Australian Government is being asked to support with funding and diplomacy the COMMIT program to tackle trafficking in Asian countries in the Mekong region and to urge and support Indonesia, Laos, Pakistan, PNG and Sri Lanka to ratify and implement the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child regarding eliminating the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.

Comments: Post a Comment

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?