Officials from UNDP and the Social Affairs Ministry yesterday held a workshop to discuss ways to further help victims of human trafficking.
Civil society groups also took part in the workshop, where expertise on services and support were shared and recommendations on how to strengthen aid for victims were discussed.
“This workshop is a sign of the progress that the government has made, together with the countries of the Greater Mekong Sub Region, in combatting human trafficking through a comprehensive and collaborative approach,” said Nick Beresford, UNDP country director.
He noted that though significant progress has been made, migrants are still using irregular migration channels, predominantly with the assistance of unlicensed brokers. Through these backchannels, migrants remain at risk of exploitation, he said.
The UNPD also warned that if human trafficking is not successfully addressed it will continue to affect society negatively.
Mr Beresford said that gaps in existing structures to help victims will be identified and recommendations at the workshop have been taken into consideration. They will be used to provide victims with better quality and timely services and support.
“As part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, governments have committed to bringing an end to human trafficking, forced labour and related forms of abuse,” Mr Beresford noted. “We seek to ensure that no one is left behind on the road toward sustainable development.”
In a statement yesterday, the ministry said that its delegation was led by secretary of state Khiev Bory.
“This meeting is to discuss protection for human trafficking victims,” it said. “All sides will discuss ways to strengthen the referral mechanisms.”
Earlier this year, the US State Department again ranked Cambodia in its Tier 2 category, noting that the US recognises the Kingdom has made serious efforts in combatting trafficking.