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IOM, China seek to protect trafficking victims on Northern Mekong border

Posted on Tue, Jul-23-2013

China - IOM is hosting a three-day capacity-building workshop  this week in Guilin for some 30  police officers from China’s southwest to help them to better protect victims of trafficking and combat human trafficking.

In recent years, cross-border movement from the Northern Mekong region into China has increased. Human trafficking is a growing concern, with emerging trends including the trafficking of women and children from neighbouring countries into China’s border regions.  

The workshop, co-organized by IOM and China’s Ministry of Public Security, will provide an opportunity to pilot new victim identification and interviewing guidelines with frontline officers who work in the country’s border regions with Viet Nam, Lao PDR and Myanmar.

The training, starting tomorrow, aims to support China’s recently adopted 2nd National Plan of Action (NPA) on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (2013-2020), which emphasizes the need to strengthen police training in key border areas.

“The training will equip police officers with specialized skills and knowledge on identification and interviewing techniques so that more victims of trafficking can be assisted,” said IOM Beijing Head of Office Pär Liljert.

For more information, please contact

Ellen Wong
IOM Liaison Office in Beijing
Email: ewong@iom.int