ASEAN and trafficking in persons: using data as a tool to combat trafficking in persons

ASEAN and trafficking in persons: using data as a tool to combat trafficking in persons

Best practice in data collection on trafficking: learning from Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand

Recognising the lack of adequate data on trafficking, IOM launched a pilot research project to identify “best practice” in data collection on trafficking, and to prepare a situation report by government agencies in four ASEAN member countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand). This extensive report presents the findings of that research. The report looks at the data presently available from government sources in the four countries studied and highlights some of the issues that need to be addressed in order to improve data on trafficking over time. The report discusses lessons learned from the country studies, including common challenges facing each of the four countries.

Key recommendations include:

  • countries need to use the definition of trafficking in the UN Trafficking Protocol as the regional standard for collecting data on trafficking
  • countries need to establish a mechanism for the collection of qualitative and quantitative data to prevent trafficking in persons, especially women and children, and to prevent victims of trafficking from re-victimisation
  • coordination and cooperation on data collection needs to be improved at the regional level by establishing a “focal point on trafficking data collection” within each country
  • templates for data collection need to be developed
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