Taiwan continues to fight human trafficking

Taiwan has been placed in the Tier 1 category in the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report for two consecutive years, indicating that the nation’s anti-human trafficking efforts have paid off, ROC Premier Wu Den-yih said Oct. 27.

Wu made the comments at the closing ceremony of the 2011 International Workshop on Strategies for Combating Human Trafficking hosted by the National Immigration Agency.

“Freedom, democracy, human rights and rule of law are common core values of human beings, and world peace and harmony have long been the overall goal of Chinese culture,” Wu said.

“The ROC government has actively eliminated crimes regarding prostitutes and human trafficking, and efforts in stopping human trafficking have showed results following the stable growth of economy and the spread of education,” Wu said, adding that the key is to educate the people on crime prevention, as well as to rationalize income distribution and further effectively deal with social welfare.

Wu said the government should also construct the best information system to maintain close contact with international anti-human trafficking organizations at all times and recognize outstanding groups devoted to tackling the issue.

Representative from 17 countries and regions, including Australia, Macau, Singapore, the U.S. and Vietnam, attended the workshop. Among the distinguished guests, Bridget Lew Tan from Singapore shared her experience of putting an end to anti-human trafficking in her homeland.

Tan has been at the frontline protecting migrant laborers in Singapore over the years and founded the Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics in 2004 to “respond to the special needs of migrant communities.” The U.S. Department of State honored her as one of the 10 Trafficking in Person Report Heroes in 2011.

Grace Kuo

Taiwan Today