Saturday, May 17, 2008

Asia Urged to Be Harder on Labor Traffickers

Mark Lagon

From Radio Australia:

The United States' most senior official on human trafficking says too few Asian countries are imposing strict enough punishments for human trafficking and forced labour.

Mark Lagon is US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's senior advisor on human trafficking.

He's called on Asian countries to impose harsher penalties for people convicted of crimes related to the trade in human beings.

But Allan Dow from the International Labour Organisation says stricter penalties are only part of the solution.

"You cannot combat trafficking, human trafficking effectively by just focusing on law and order," he said.

"If you did that you would end up with tighter border controls which probably wouldn't have much of an impact."

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