'Human Rights Education in the Asia Pacific' vol three publishes UNIAP report
Raising the Standard of Ethics and Human Rights among
Anti-human Trafficking Responders in the Mekong Region
The Greater Mekong Sub-region – Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam – sees diverse patterns of internal and cross-border human trafficking, for the purposes of sexual exploitation, labor exploitation, and forced marriage. Human trafficking in this region can be both internal and cross-border; highly organized and also small-scale; through both formal and informal recruitment mechanisms; and involving the victimization of men, women, boys, girls, and families. Thus, within the Mekong Region, there is not so much a single pattern of human trafficking as a range of different patterns, with diverse victim and criminal profiles.
This paper documents an initiative of the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) aiming to tackle the urgent need to raise the ethical standards of anti-trafficking responders in the Mekong region, and globally. UNIAP’s Ethics and Human Rights in Counter-Trafficking initiative launched in 2008 and aimed, in the span of three years, to measurably improve the ethical and rights-based conduct of anti-trafficking practitioners. It is an appropriate time to reflect on results, challenges, and lessons learned, which are outlined in this paper.