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Asia, main origin and destination for trafficked persons, says PACT prexy

by Robert E. Roperos

Butuan City (April 2) -- "Asia is mainly an origin and destination region for trafficking in persons where intra-regional trafficking is common", thus said Philippines Against Child Trafficking (PACT) president Dr. Marcy Carpizo during the orientation on anti-trafficking in persons for the media held here recently.

According to Dr. Carpizo, China and Thailand both ranked very high as origin countries, followed by Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Lao, PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Vietnam.

Among the destination countries, Thailand and Japan ranked very high while Cambodia, China, Hongkong, Taiwan, India and Pakistan followed.

In South Asia, Carpizo said, it is estimated to be home of the second largest numbers of internationally trafficked persons with 150,000 victims annually. "Migration within and between countries in South Asia is also high, with 200 million people are on the move within and between countries in the region annually", she said.

Southeast Asia, on the other hand, is considered as the crucial transit point of trafficking both out of and into the region. "Thailand, in particular, ranks very high in the citation index as an origin, transit and destination country", Carpizo said.

Meanwhile, Carpizo reported that in the last 30 years, there are 30 million trafficked persons posted in Asia. Worldwide, about 600,000 to 800,000, mostly women and children are trafficked annually and out of these figures, 200,000 to 250,000 women and children are trafficked every year in Asia.

Carpizo also said that according to the United Nations (UN) Secretary General's Study on Violence against Children launched in October 11, 2006, there are 1.2 million trafficked children worldwide. (PIA-13) [top]

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