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Australia and ASEAN launches anti-trafficking initiative


Sajid Aziz
Sajid Aziz, an Investigative Journalist is perhaps among very rare journalists who have performed in every form of journalism i.e. Newspaper, Radio, TV, Wire Service, Online, Web-Service, Magazines, etc.He also worked as Sports Editor in wire agency PPI. He has obtained many certificates in journalism from foreign organizations including Reuters Thomson, Commonwealth Journalists' Organization, US Consulate, etc. He is also the president of Media For Diversity, an organization of professional journalists. He can be reached at [email protected]

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne announced the launch of an important anti-trafficking initiative, in joint efforts with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), to strengthen regional cooperation to prevent wide spread human trafficking in the Asian countries.

The new initiative worth $ 55 million and will last for 10 years and is one of the initiatives to secure tougher penalties and protect the rights of victims of human trafficking in the region, said Payne, in a press release quoted by the official Australian Foreign Ministry website.

Australia has cooperated with ASEAN and its member states for more than 15 years to combat human trafficking.

“We have trained more than 13,000 lawyers to support the legal system to combat human trafficking and provide better protection for victims,” ​​Australian Foreign Minister said, adding that the launch of the initiative also reflects the commitment of Australia and ASEAN to stop human trafficking, especially women and children.

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