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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/S.Asia/Regional Cooperation Called to Fight Human Traffic...
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Nov 15 2000 - 09:24:57 EST


          Regional Cooperation Called to Fight Human Traffic...

APwo 10/23/00 1:28 PM

  The Associated Press.

    KATHMANDU, October 23 (Xinhua)--Senior police officers in South Asian
countries Monday called for increased cooperation and collaboration in the
region to fight cross-border trafficking of women and children.
       During a two-day regional workshop on stopping human trafficking,
participants from five South Asian countries urged governments, police and
non-governmental organizations to enhance cooperation and collaboration to
stop the increasing trafficking of women and children.
       The participants suggested setting up a network in the region to
share information in order to monitor trafficking activities and launch
rescue action for the victims.
       Among other suggestions, they also called for governments to draw up
guidelines for investigation and prosecution of trafficking and identify
areas for law reforms relating to trafficking, including both substantive
law and procedural law.
       Some 74 million South Asian women are currently missing, of which 20
million are languishing in hundreds of brothels in India alone. Moreover,
some 25 percent of the women trafficked are minors.
       About 200 senior police officials and activists working for women
rights from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka participated
in the workshop that concluded here Monday.
       The workshop is co-organized by the U.N. Development Fund for Women
and the Nepali Home Ministry.

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