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Indonesia; Taiwan: Agreement to Combat Human Trafficking

(Oct. 5, 2012) On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the <?Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of China (on Taiwan). The MOU is reportedly Taiwan’s first such agreement with a Southeast Asian country. (Grace Kuo, ROC, Indonesia Combat Human Trafficking, TAIWAN TODAY […]

United Nations: UNODC and IOM Sign MOU to Enhance Cooperation in Combating Human Trafficking, Migrant Smuggling

(Apr. 23, 2012) The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on April 17, 2012, to work more closely together to combat crimes of human trafficking and smuggling of migrants. The two agencies agreed to enhance coordination, information exchange, and joint actions. […]

Netherlands: Proposal to Increase Human Trafficking Punishment

(Mar. 8, 2012) On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for standard human trafficking offenses to twelve years of imprisonment from the current eight. (Press Release, Ministry […]

Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan): Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking

(Feb. 6, 2012) On November 21, 2011, the Kyrgyz President signed into law the amended version of the country's Law on Preventing and Countering Human Trafficking. (Law on Amendments to the Law on Preventing and Countering Human Trafficking Signed [in Russian], President of the Kyrgyz Republic website (Nov. 21, 2011).) The new Law is based […]

United Nations: Agreement to Combat Trafficking in Persons

(Dec. 6, 2011) On October 31, 2011, the heads of two United Nations agencies – the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to better coordinate the agencies' efforts to combat trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. The two […]

Thailand; United Nations: Special Rapporteur Says More Must Be Done on Human Trafficking

(Aug. 24, 2011) On August 19, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, said that Thailand must work more effectively against human trafficking. In addition, the country should do more to protect migrant workers, who are vulnerable to exploitation. She also called for an attitude of zero tolerance of […]

European Union: Trafficking in Human Beings and Protection of Victims

(Apr. 28, 2011) In early April 2011, the European Union adopted Directive 2011/36/EU on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and Protecting Its Victims, 2011 (OFFICIAL JOURNALOF THE EUROPEAN UNION (L101) 1 (Apr. 15, 2011)). The Directive replaces the 2002 Council Framework decision on human trafficking and expands the concept of trafficking to include […]

European Union: New Website for Fight Against Human Trafficking

(Dec. 30, 2010) On December 21, 2010, the European Commissioner for Home Affairs launched a new website devoted to combating trafficking in human beings. According to a press release on the event, [t]he website should become a one stop shop at EU level for practitioners and the public interested in knowing more about trafficking and […]

United Arab Emirates: Special Human Trafficking Court to Be Established in Dubai

(Oct. 28, 2010) According to a statement given recently by Judge Ahmed Ibrahim Saif to the EMARAT AL YOUM newspaper, Dubai is planning to set up a special court to handle cases of human trafficking for purposes of sexual exploitation. It will be an extension of the Criminal Court and is designed to increase the […]

Gambia: National Assembly Approves Amendment to Anti-Human Trafficking Law

(Oct. 13, 2010) On October 4, 2010, the 53-member unicameral Gambian National Assembly unanimously approved the Trafficking in Persons (Amendment) Bill 2010, legislation seeking to make the penalties for the crime trafficking of persons, established under the 2007 Trafficking in Persons Act, stiffer (Amie Sanneh, NAMs Pass Bill to Stiffen Penalty for Trafficking in Persons, […]