Police Officers Trained to Identify Victims of Trafficking in Southeast China

Posted: 
06/24/14

China - IOM is hosting a three-day capacity-building workshop this week in Fujian for some 30 police officers from China’s southeast to support China’s 2nd National Plan of Action on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (2013-2020.)

In recent years, cross-border movement from neighboring countries into China has increased, with many migrants ending up in the country’s southeastern manufacturing hubs in Fujian, Guangdong, Jiangxi and Zhejiang provinces. Human trafficking is a growing concern, with emerging trends including trafficking for the purpose of forced marriage, and sexual and labour exploitation.

Demand for foreign brides in China is also reportedly increasing. Although there are many successful cross-border marriages, many women and girls from the Greater Mekong Sub-Region continue being lured to China with the promise of employment and a better life, only to be trafficked into marriages of domestic and sexual servitude.

The training, co-organized by IOM and China’s Ministry of Public Security, aims to equip police officers with the skills to better identify and interview victims of trafficking. 

“Identifying victims of trafficking is a challenge for law enforcement around the world. Our workshop in China will train frontline police on pilot victim identification guidelines, which have been jointly developed by IOM and the Ministry of Public Security,” said IOM Beijing Head of Office Pär Liljert.

“We hope that the guidelines, including trafficking indicators and interviewing techniques, will help police in their daily work investigating potential trafficking cases,” he added.

For more information, please contact

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