Subject: News/Philippines: Meeting Addressing Human Trafficking Opens in Manila
From: Melanie Orhant (email@example.com)
Date: Fri May 26 2000 - 08:57:29 EDT
Meeting Addressing Human Trafficking Opens in Manila
OTC 3-29-00 10:33 AM
MANILA (March 29) XINHUA - The three-day Asian Regional Initiative
Against Trafficking in Women and Children (ARIAT) meeting opened here
Wednesday to address the problem of trafficking in human beings.
According to ARIAT organizers, 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.
About 100 representatives from more than 20 Asia-Pacific countries and
regions,plus the United States, Canada and the European Union attended the
opening session of the ARTAT meeting co-hosted by the Philippines and the
The organizers said 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.
The ARIAT meeting will include practical workshops on prevention,
protection and enforcement, prosecution, as well as reintegration and
rehabilitation of victims, said the organizers.
Domingo Siazon, secretary of Philippine foreign affairs, said in his
keynote speech that the meeting offers an opportunity for the delegates to
examine this transnational crime and to formulate a Regional Action Plan
Against Trafficking in Women and Children.
He also hopes that a Regional Center Against Trafficking will
eventually be established to address the problem.
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