Victim Witness Support
As the harmed party, victims are gravely affected by the crime of trafficking in persons. Therefore, when working with ASEAN bodies and Criminal Justice Practitioners in ASEAN member states, AAPTIP vigorously advocates for victims’ rights and support, regardless of their participation in the criminal justice system. AAPTIP also includes a victim-centred approach and the principle of “do no harm” in its training programs, workshops, materials and other activities conducted across the region.More
Gender Equality promotes better policing, it promotes better prosecutions and in the end it is going to act as a disincentive to trafficking.
Trafficking in persons is an inherently gendered crime. Your gender can determine whether or not you are trafficked and for what reason. By its definition, trafficking in persons requires the abuse of power, coercion and often violence.
Promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment is integral to AAPTIP’s goal. Since 2015, AAPTIP has been working with counterparts to promote gender equality within criminal justice agencies, by building strategies to eliminate gender discrimination and stereotyping within criminal justice agencies. To date, AAPTIP has conducted gender activities in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, and Vietnam.More
TIP and Corruption
Corruption among public officials is a significant impediment to effective prosecutions of trafficking in persons offences. The manifestation of corruption as it impacts anti-trafficking efforts takes a wide variety of forms. This includes traffickers’ payments to security and law enforcement officials to receive advance notice of anti-trafficking investigations and operations, similar payments to law enforcement personnel to allow sites of exploitation to remain in operation without threat of action, and the direct involvement of public officials in running businesses or networks that rely on trafficking people. Ultimately, where the public’s trust and confidence in the integrity of its justice system is lost, victims are unlikely to report crimes and criminals will escape punishment.More