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Australia-Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons

Trafficking in Persons (TIP) is the recruitment and harbouring of a person for the purpose of exploitation through means of coercion, threat or deception.

It is a crime that can occur within a country or across national borders. Trafficking contravenes fundamental human rights, denying basic and broadly accepted individual freedoms to women, men and children all over the world. It has wide economic, social and political impacts, and has serious consequences for development in Southeast Asia.

  • What is AAPTIP?

    The Australia-Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons (AAPTIP) is implemented in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

    AAPTIP works to improve the criminal justice response TIP in ASEAN through four areas of focus:

    • Law Enforcement
    • Prosecutors
    • Judges and Court Officials
    • Regional Cooperation

    AAPTIP is Australia’s third investment combatting TIP and builds on the success of the Asia Regional Cooperation to Prevent People Trafficking (ARCPPT: 2003-6) program and the Asia Regional Trafficking in Persons Project (ARTIP: 2006-12).

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  • AAPTIP's Goal

    It is the overall goal of AAPTIP to boost the capacity of the criminal justice response to TIP across the ASEAN region in order to reduce the incentives and opportunities for TIP.

  • AAPTIP's Objective

    Reduce incentives and opportunities for TIP in the ASEAN Region though:

    • Improved investigation of transnational labour trafficking
    • Improved prosecution of exploiters
    • Improved fair and timely adjudication of TIP cases
    • Regional bodies enhance regional cooperation and leadership on the criminal justice response to TIP in the ASEAN region
Cambodia
1,684 Participants
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Indonesia
863 Participants
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Lao PDR
1,324 Participants
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Myanmar
2,450 Participants
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Philippines
2,134 Participants
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Thailand
1,764 Participants
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Vietnam
1,522 Participants
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Map of Southeast Asia

Enhancing Capabilities

AAPTIP supports leaders in the fight against TIP across the region assisting them to build more capable partnerships to prosecute offenders, protect victims and deliver fair justice for all.

AAPTIP runs seven national programs:

Improved Investigation of Transnational Trafficking

AAPTIP supports more effective and ethical investigations by providing TIP training to law enforcement officers and enhancing their investigative skills.

AAPTIP works with Anti-Trafficking Units and Law Enforcement in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam to implement activities which improve the effective and ethical investigation of TIP cases while focusing on victim-witness protection.

Improved Prosecutions of Exploiters

AAPTIP facilitates more effective and ethical prosecutions of TIP-related cases through TIP training and improved victim witness coordination.

AAPTIP is supporting prosecutors through professional development training in Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Each activity focuses on improving prosecutions of exploiters through capacity building workshops, highlighting international best practise and how to adapt locally.

Improved Fair and Timely Adjudication of TIP cases

AAPTIP supports the fair and timely adjudication of TIP cases by facilitating the professional development of judges and officials, and training on court administration.

AAPTIP is supporting judges through skills development training on TIP in Cambodia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam to improve fair and timely adjudication of trafficking in persons cases.

Regional Leadership and Cooperation

AAPTIP fosters regional cooperation and leadership by supporting cross-border investigations, international legal cooperation, and the implementation of the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP).

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