Yesterday at the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney, Australia announced a ten-year, $80 million commitment to continue our long-running collaboration with ASEAN to combat human trafficking in our region.

Ending the scourge of human trafficking, modern slavery and forced labour are a priority for Australia. This transnational crime crosses borders and requires a regional response.

ASEAN-Australia Counter-Trafficking will build on our 15-year history of supporting improved criminal justice sector responses to these crimes in ASEAN.

We will work with ASEAN states as they implement their landmark ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, which entered into force in March 2017.

The new investment will also work with civil society, the private sector and the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime.

A video marking our fifteen years of partnership with ASEAN on this issue is available at: http://dfat.gov.au/international-relations/regional-architecture/asean/Pages/why-asean-matters-our-shared-security.aspx

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