News: ASIA: Flesh trade action plan adopted

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                                        November 5, 1998
                   HUMAN RIGHTS

 Flesh trade action
 plan adopted

 Globalisation seen as cause for concern

 Anjira Assavanonda

 Government and non-government representatives from 15
 Asia-Pacific countries adopted the Bangkok Accord and Plan
 of Action to combat trafficking in women at national,
 regional and international levels at the end of a regional
 conference yesterday.

 The two-day conference was organised by the Economic and
 Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap), in
 collaboration with the International Labour Organisation
 (ILO), International Organisation for Migration (IOM),
 Thailand's National Commission on Women's Affairs (NWCA),
 and the Asian Women's Fund (AWF).

 According to the accord, participants vowed to support all
 fundamental principles enshrined in any convention or
 declaration concerning human rights, and elimination of
 discrimination against women and children.

 They expressed the view that globalisation of the world
 economy had given rise to a global sex industry, and
 concern was raised on the effect of the present economic
 crisis in the region on women trafficking.

 The accord also stated that organised crime and easy money
 were important factors in trafficking in women, and
 research and studies should be conducted on all important
 aspects of women in development.

 The adopted Plan of Action is divided into two main
 sections - at the national level, and at the
 sub-regional/regional/multi-lateral levels.

 The national-level Plan of Action includes measures
 concerning prevention, protection and humanitarian
 treatment of victims, repatriation and reintegration,
 information and monitoring mechanisms, action against
 exploiters, medical and psychological intervention, and
 participation of concerned parties.

 Examples are establishment of multi-sectoral national
 mechanisms consisting of government agencies, NGOs, and
 other members of civil society, allocation of financial and
 human resources to implement the plan, law enactment on
 trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of women,
 establishment of special units to handle cases of
 trafficking in women, and developing a community-based
 partnership to deal with the problem..

 Prevention measures also include provision of basic
 education and training for women and girls, provision of
 employment opportunities to women and children of
 appropriate age.

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