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From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Jun 06 2000 - 19:26:53 EDT


          Meeting Addressing Human Trafficking Ends in Manil...

APwo 3/31/00 6:28 PM
The Associated Press.

    MANILA, March 31 (Xinhua) -- The three-day Asian Regional Initiative
Against Trafficking in Women and Children (ARIAT) meeting concluded here
Friday after adopting an action plan to address the problem of trafficking
in human beings.
       Participants of the meeting agreed that the causes of trafficking are
complex, but the primary root cause is poverty, most particularly among
women and children who may have little or no access to education.
       They emphasized that trafficking in persons is a transitional crime
and combating this global problem will require an integrated approach at
national, sub-regional and international levels.
       The delegates also developed an action plan for the region, offering
suggestions for possible future steps and practices to fight trafficking in
persons in all its forms.
       The ARIAT plan proposed the establishment of a data bank on
trafficking including incidence rates, trafficking patterns in countries of
origin, transit, and destination, and investigative information as well as
number of cases prosecuted.
       The plan encouraged cooperation and partnership among governments,
non-governmental organizations, the private sector and civil society in the
prevention, protection, prosecution, repatriation and reintegration aspects
of trafficking in persons.
       More than 100 representatives from more than 20 Asia-Pacific
countries and regions, plus the United States, Canada and the European
Union attended the meeting co-hosted by the Philippines and the United
States.
       The organizers estimated that as any as 250, 000 human beings are
bought and sold each year in the Asian region.
  XINHUA


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