Trafficking in persons is a complex crime that is difficult to detect and prosecute.

National and regional actions among ASEAN Member States are facilitating greater cooperation in identifying and prosecuting traffickers and protecting the rights of victims.

We are producing a number of insights in different formats, all with the aim of reducing the complexity to actively prevent, minimise and combat human trafficking.

Our stories page has a range of articles and videos on trafficking-in-persons. We invite you to view these insights and learn from them as we are. 

Visit the Partnership Hub – a web portal to support government, private sector and civil society with resources and tools.

ASEAN Do No Harm Guide for Frontline Responders

Frontline responders play a key role in combatting trafficking and supporting victims of human trafficking. They are often the first contact point for victims of trafficking during the identification process. They also support the protection, health, shelter and long-term recovery and rehabilitation needs of the victims. Frontline responders and support persons play an important role in…

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ASEAN-ACT Annual Progress Report 2021

In this report, we take a look at some of our work in 2021 – we share with you some examples, evidence and stories at regional level, and by country. We also share updates of our partnerships with nine non-government organisations (NGOs) which commenced in June 2021. Download a copy of the ASEAN-ACT Annual Progress…

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Vulnerabilities of migrant workers to human trafficking

Labour migrants experience a wide range of vulnerabilities that put them at risk of human trafficking and other forms of exploitation. Despite these vulnerabilities, they also have agency and capacity that can assist in some degree of safeguarding from exploitation. Mapping these vulnerabilities and understanding each stage of the labour migration cycle can usefully pinpoint…

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Victim Sensitive Courts – A Handbook for ASEAN Member States

In trafficking cases, victims are often the only source of evidence, and without their cooperation it is difficult to prosecute offenders. In order to support those victims who want to participate in the criminal justice process, it is critical that the formal justice process applies a victim-centred approach. The objectives of a victim-centred approach are to:…

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Bohol Work Plan review report

In November 2016, the ASEAN Cross-Sectoral Work Plan on Trafficking in Persons, or the Bohol Trafficking in Persons Work Plan 2017-2020 (BWP), was developed under the initiative of the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC) of the Philippines through the collaborative efforts of relevant ASEAN Sectoral Bodies / Organs, with the aim of…

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How has COVID-19 affected migrant workers vulnerability to human trafficking for forced labour in Southeast Asia?—a narrative review

This paper by ASEAN-ACT published in the Journal of Public Health and Emergency seeks to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrant workers’ vulnerability to human trafficking for forced labour in Southeast Asia. Migrant workers already make up a large proportion of those most vulnerable to the coercion and exploitation that define human…

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Implementing the Non-Punishment Principle to protect victims of trafficking

The non-punishment principle sets out that victims of trafficking should not be prosecuted or otherwise punished for unlawful acts they commit as a consequence of trafficking. It does not offer blanket immunity, but is a critical tool for victim protection and human rights-based criminal justice response to human trafficking. The ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking In…

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ACTIP 5-year anniversary

Marking the 5th anniversary of the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP) entry into force (8 March), we speak with a regional leader in countering-human trafficking: Usec. Bernardo C. Florece Jr, Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC) Voluntary Lead Shepherd on Trafficking in Persons. In this exclusive interview, he…

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TIP Data Toolkit

As a way of marking the 5-year anniversary since the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children (ACTIP) entered into force, ASEAN-ACT has studied Trafficking in Persons Annual Reports that ASEAN Member States have published in 2020, and their approach to national reporting of ACTIP. The findings and recommendations from this Baseline Report can be downloaded here. To…

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ASEAN Trafficking in Persons Data, Baseline Report

Data is fundamental to every decision made by victims, courts, government agencies or civil society organisations to prevent and combat human trafficking. Without data, it is difficult to tell the impact of allocated funds, whether trafficking patterns are changing, and what efforts might be needed to improve counter-trafficking responses. More importantly, without data it is…

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Stakeholder Directory

ASEAN-ACT undertook stakeholder mapping from June to October 2020 to identify potential government and non-government partners for the program’s victim rights and equality and inclusion work, both at the national and regional level. As part of the stakeholder mapping, a stakeholder directory was developed and featured on the ASEAN-ACT portal. The Directory lists the key players…

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Do No Harm guide

This Do No Harm guide has been summarised to support frontline responders working with trafficked persons. The Do No Harm principle requires any individual or organisation coming into direct contact with victims of trafficking including the justice sector, government and non-government service providers, development donor and implementing partners, academia, advocates and researchers, and the media…

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Freedom of movement for persons identified as victims of human trafficking

An analysis of law, policy and practice in the ASEAN Region

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Partnership Hub

ASEAN-ACT partner resource portal includes research, resources and tools to continue counter trafficking work in times of crisis.

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Vulnerability, Human Trafficking & COVID-19

Published: 31 July 2020

Covers the potential impacts that COVID-19 may have on human trafficking, highlights potential government policy responses and examples of good practice.

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