International Labour Union Report Reviews Legislation on Child Trafficking in Six Asian Countries
Friday, October 12, 2007 4:21 PM

The International Labour Union’s Regional Project on Combating Child Trafficking for Labour and Sexual Exploitation (TICSA-II) has published a report entitled “Anti-child Trafficking Legislation in Asia: A Six-country Review.”

The ILO reports on the child trafficking legislation of the countries of Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand & Indonesia. The report states that the “ILO Convention No.182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour classifies human trafficking amongst “forms of slavery or practices similar to slavery” which should be eliminated as a matter of urgency, irrespective of the country’s level of development.”


The report’s review of regional and national laws conclude, in part, that “In spite of many efforts from different actors and numerous perspectives, both internal and cross-border trafficking of children for labour and sexual exploitation remains a significant problem in Asia. This can be partly attributed to the lack of deterring punishments for the perpetrators. In many countries, the legal instruments and their enforcement mechanisms are inadequate to bring the traffickers to justice and to punish them.”

A PDF version of the complete report is attached.

Compiled from:  Anti-child Trafficking Legislation in Asia: A Six-country Review”, first published 2006.