Saturday, October 15, 2005

Thailand, Japan to step up fight against human trafficking

from Yahoo Asia News
The foreign ministries of Japan and Thailand agreed Thursday to set up a joint task force to combat human trafficking, according to a press release from the Thai side.

The agreement was reached in principle during a high-level annual meeting -- the Japan-Thailand Political Partnership Consultation -- in Bangkok on Thursday.

The half-day talks led by the Thai Foreign Ministry's Permanent Secretary Krit Garnjana-Goonchorn and Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Tsuneo Nishida also concluded they should work on an "appropriate framework" for cooperation on the transfer of offenders, said the press release, which gave no details of the plan.

In July, Japan's National Police Agency revealed that 51 foreign women were trafficked into Japan and forced into the sex industry or other forms of exploitation in the first half of this year, the highest figure on record for the first half of a year.

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