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Australia & ASEAN launched a 10-year counter-trafficking initiative backed by A$80 million ($54 million) of funding to help businesses root out slavery in their supply chains

Author: Michael Taylor, Reuters, Published on: 16 August 2019

"Australia to help ASEAN firms tackle slavery in supply chains", 8 August 2019

A multi-million dollar anti-trafficking strategy between Australia and Southeast Asian nations will look at new ways to help businesses root out slavery in their supply chains, a senior foreign ministry official said....

Last week, Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) launched a 10-year counter-trafficking initiative backed by A$80 million ($54 million) of funding.

"It will find new ways to engage with the private sector and help relevant ASEAN governments engage with their private sectors to ... address the supply chain aspects of the battle against slavery," said Bryce Hutchesson, Australia's ambassador for people smuggling and human trafficking.

...Human trafficking and worker exploitation are most common in agriculture, construction and the sex industries, with victims largely from China, Vietnam, India and Malaysia, according to the country's border force.

...The new ASEAN initiative will also provide police training in financial investigations, professional development for judges, and promote child-friendly courtrooms.

 

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