News/Philippines: Manila to Host Conference on Women Trafficking

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Subject: News/Philippines: Manila to Host Conference on Women Trafficking
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Thu Mar 30 2000 - 09:55:37 EST


                  Manila to Host Conference on Women Trafficking

OTC 3/24/00 8:40 AM

  MANILA (March 24) XINHUA - The Philippines and the United States will
co-host the Asian Regional Initiative Against Trafficking in Women and
Children (ARIAT) meeting on March 29-31 in Manila.
    ARIAT organizers said Friday that more than 20 Asia-Pacific nations,
plus the United States, Canada and the European Union, are expected to
send government and NGO (non-government organization) representatives to
the meeting.
    The organizers said in a statement that trafficking in human beings,
predominantly women and children, is a form of modern-day slavery and one
of the most egregious human rights violations of our time.
    In the Asian region alone, it is estimated that as many as 250, 000
human beings are bought and sold each year, said the statement.
    The goal of the meeting is to develop a comprehensive and implementable
regional action plan and project proposals to combat women and children
trafficking within and from Asia.


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