(KPL) Over 200 government officials and representatives of international organizations turned out on Chao Fa Ngum Avenue in Vientiane Capital on Saturday, Jul 27, to join a walk celebrating International World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
Among invited guests for the event included Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone, Minister of Public Security Lt. Gen. Vilay Lakhamfong, representatives of diplomatic corps and international organisations.
According to the International Labour Organisation, it is found that between 2016 and 2017, about 40 million people in the world who fell victim to modern slavery, of which 25 million people were in the form of forced labour and 15 million people in the form of forced marriage.
“The Lao PDR remains as an origin country of human trafficking due to several factors such as poverty, education levels, vocational and labour skills and the development disparities in the sub-region combined with the rapid growth in terms of infrastructure, public facilities and borderless technology and communication development,” said Lt. Gen. Vilay Lakhamfong.
“In recent years, the Party and government have attached more attention to preventing and combating human trafficking, providing assistance and protection to the victims, and prosecuting offenders. This is reflected in the policy and laws, particularly the Law on Human Trafficking, also adoption of the National Action Plan on Preventing and Combating Human Trafficking to be implemented from central to local levels by the Ministry of Public Security as key ministry,’ added Lt. Gen. Vilay Lakhamfong.
The United Nations attaches special attention to the human trafficking issues. In 2010, the UN General Assembly Session adopted the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons; and three years later, on December 18, 2013, the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly adopted the Resolution 192 on Improving Coordination of Efforts Against Trafficking in Persons and designated the 30 July of every year as the World Day Against Trafficking Persons.