Labour migration

Workshop on effective investigation and prosecution of trafficking in persons for labour exploitation

This regional ASEAN workshop discussed labour dimensions of trafficking in persons.

This ASEAN regional workshop was held to discuss labour dimensions of trafficking in persons and how investigation and prosecution of labour trafficking can be enhanced within the realm of criminal, labour, and civil law regimes to protect migrant workers from exploitation. It was jointly supported by the Australia-Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons (AAPTIP) and ILO TRIANGLE in ASEAN programme. Participants included delegations from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam as well as ASEAN Secretariat representatives.

The event was held as one of the scheduled activities of the ASEAN Committee on the Implementation of the ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers (ACMW) 2016 – 2020 Work Plan and with particular reference to the ASEAN Convention against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP) that entered into force on 8th March 2017. The workshop was hosted and chaired by ACMW Philippines.

The workshop sought to:
  • Provide conceptual clarity of the labour dimensions of trafficking in persons;
  • Share and document regional and national practices and experiences in the proper identification of cases, the investigation and prosecution of cases of trafficking in persons for labour exploitation, and legal remedies available for migrant workers; and
  • Identify areas for domestic, transnational, and regional cooperation and coordination.
The workshop resulted in a set of of good practice recommendations.