Jul 30, 2013

Taiwan: Receives U.S. Praise In Human Trafficking Policy

During a Taiwan-U.S. workshop on the prevention of human trafficking, a U.S. representative commended Taiwan on their successes in preventing and penalizing the trafficking. 

Below is an article published by focustaiwan.tw.

The top U.S. representative in Taiwan, Christopher J. Marut, praised Taiwan's efforts in cracking down on human trafficking Monday, saying that the country has achieved improvements in the protection of victims, prevention and prosecution of human trafficking cases over the past several years.

At a Taiwan-U.S. workshop on the prevention of human trafficking, Marut, director of the American Institute in Taiwan, noted that Taiwan and the United States maintain a close cooperative relationship in the fight against human trafficking.

Taiwan has been at the top of a ratings list compiled by the U.S. State Department on work by various countries to crack down on human trafficking for four years in a row, Marut said.

He listed Taiwan's efforts, which include harsher punishments for human trafficking, providing education and training to the police, prosecutors and judges that handle human trafficking cases, and establishing windows to provide assistance for migrant workers and serve people seeking to report human trafficking offenses.

The two-day workshop opened earlier that day in Taipei, attended by some 100 Taiwanese and U.S. officials, law enforcement personnel responsible for immigration affairs, scholars and representatives of non-government organizations.

Addressing the event, National Immigration Agency Director-General Hsieh Li-kung pledged that Taiwan will continue with its efforts in the prevention of and crackdown on human trafficking by integrating government and private resources.