IOM Korea is today co-hosting an international seminar on the identification of trafficking victims. More than 100 government officials, civil society representatives and the general public in the South Korean capital Seoul are expected to take part.
The event, which is being held at the National Assembly, is being co-hosted by the office of National Assembly member Mr. Kim Choon-jin. National Assembly members are currently deliberating on draft bills on the prosecution of traffickers and the protection of victims submitted by Kim.
South Korea is a source, transit, and destination country for trafficking in persons for commercial sexual exploitation and forced labour, according to the US government’s annual Global Trafficking in Persons (GTIP) Report.
The 2011 GTIP report calls on the South Korean government to enact comprehensive anti-trafficking legislation that defines and prohibits trafficking in persons, and to develop and implement formal victim identification procedures.
The seminar includes presentations by Korean government officials on legislation and protection policies, as well as procedures for victim recognition and interagency cooperation.
“This event is timely and offers valuable ideas at a time when the Korean National Assembly is deliberating on counter trafficking legislation. International cooperation on legislation related to a cross-border criminal activity is important and so is the role of international organizations” said Mr. Hee-tae Park, Speaker of the National Assembly.
“Including trafficking in the criminal code and legislating to ensure victim protection will advance the government’s efforts to safeguard migrant women’s rights in this country,” said Ms. Young-hee Choi, Chairman of the Gender Equality and Family Committee the National Assembly.