The Embassy of the United States of America in Brunei Darussalam concluded a two-day virtual training on human trafficking prevention recently for more than 40 Bruneian investigators, prosecutors, police officers, and government employees involved in the fight against Trafficking in Persons, TIP.
The virtual training was held from 12 to 13 January in commemoration of the U.S. National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, on 11 January, with the support of the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Prevention Unit.
The embassy in a statement said that the training session included discussions on employers retaining workers’ passports, living standards for migrant workers, abuse of household employees, victim identification and protection, and the Palermo Protocol, to which Brunei is a party.
The 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report recognised Brunei’s efforts in hopes of meeting the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and recommended increased efforts to investigate, prosecute, convict, and punish both sex and labor traffickers, including complicit government officials, with strong penalties.
To emphasize the U.S. commitment to tackling human trafficking, President Joe Biden proclaimed January 2022 as National Human Trafficking Prevention Month and released the National Plan to Combat Human Trafficking, a whole-of-government approach to combating human trafficking in the United States and abroad. – Nurhana Diah
This article was first published on 15 January 2022 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 176 | More stories here
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