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Flesh trade action plan adopted
- Subject: Flesh trade action plan adopted
- From: suriya@xxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 05 Nov 1998 21:21:00
November 5, 1998
Flesh trade action
Globalisation seen as cause for concern
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
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
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
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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