The International Organization for Migration (IOM) delegation and representatives from the Independent State of Papua New Guinea on Thursday visited the office of Vice Governor Agnes Magpale to learn various mechanisms aimed at curbing problems related to human trafficking.
Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) consultant Rose Jao said the meeting was devoted to an exchange of ideas between Magpale and representatives from Papua New Guinea about how the Provincial Women’s Commission (PWC) and Provincial Council for the Welfare of Children (PCWC) managed pernicious problems relating to human trafficking.
“Basically, it was more of an exchange of information and ideas, our best practices, the programs and services that we have. They were impressed about our set-up,” Jao said.
Papua New Guinea is known as a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children mostly from Asia who are trafficked for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor.
Within their country, women and children are trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation and domestic servitude while men are traded like modern-day slaves to logging and mining companies.
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