"There is an upward trend of human trafficking activities in the region, it is need to be taken seriously by the countries in the region. There is no other choice for us than enhancing cooperation to address the issues", stated the Director of Political and Security Cooperation in ASEAN, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, M. Chandra Widya Yudha.
Departing from the similar concerns and interests, Indonesia and the EU collaborate in preventing and eliminating cases on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) through a workshop held in Semarang on 4-5 April 2017.
In order to expand its coverage and outreach, the workshop was organized within the framework of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), which has participants from 27 countries and one entity, namely the European Union.
the Director of Political and Security Cooperation in ASEAN, which acted as the co-chairs together with the EU added, "The workshop aims to promote the exchange of information, coordination and regional cooperation in providing protection to victims of trafficking and combating TIP with comprehensive manner. This event will also highlight the principle and the purpose of the various regional and international instruments related. "
Within the ARF framework, all the participate ARF countries were agreed to mainstream various efforts to eradicate TIP through the establisment of priority cooperation area to countermeasure TIP with mechanism of ARF Inter-Sessional Meeting on Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (ARF ISM on CTTC) . In this priority area, Indonesia and European Union would act as lead countries to coordinate all initiatives and ARF activities in scope of TIP.
The workshop presented some speakers including speaker from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of RI, the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection as the member of NAP-TIP (National Action Plan – Crime of Trafficking in Persons), the Indonesian National Police, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), International Organization for Migration (IOM) Indonesia and the representative from the European Union.
The countries in Southeast Asia have a high level of susceptibility to the Human Trafficking or Trafficking in Persons (TIP) issue, either as source, transit, or destination country. Based on 'Global Report on Traffickin in Persons' which was released by UNODC, the total TIP cases in several countries in the ASEAN, namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Mongolia, and Timor Leste were showed an increasing trend in recent years.
Moreover, this criminal act often have close linkages with organized transnational crime syndicate which created a lot of detriments in victim and socio-economic numbers. While Europe is a well known destination region of human trafficking crime with extensive coverage of source countries, human trafficking victims from Asia is the group who has the most extensive distribution worldwide. (Source: Dit. Polkam ASEAN)