Each year, a significant number of adults and children become victims of human trafficking—forced transportation within or across country borders for exploitation in the form of forced sex, labor, or other services unwillingly given. In September 2001, the Population Council collaborated with the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health and the United Nations Development Fund for Women to conduct a consultative meeting on antitrafficking programs in South Asia. About 50 participants from national and international human rights and antitrafficking organizations attended the three-day meeting, held in Kathmandu, Nepal. The meeting had three objectives: clarifying the definition of trafficking; describing the strengths and weaknesses of legal and programmatic approaches to combat trafficking in the region; and identifying methods and indicators for evaluating and improving antitrafficking interventions. As this brief states, laws to eliminate human trafficking in South Asia should uphold international covenants and human rights standards to ensure that both citizens and noncitizens receive humane treatment. Programs to oppose trafficking should develop clear objectives and indicators to demonstrate success and point out directions for future operations.
"South Asia: Clarify goals and expand the reach of anti-trafficking programs," FRONTIERS OR Summary. Washington, DC: Population Council, 2002.
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