The launch of the National Plan of Action on Trafficking and Protection of children and women from commercial sexual exploitation
2006-3-29: The launching ceremony of the “National Plan of Action on Trafficking and Protection of children and women from commercial sexual exploitation” was held on 29 March 2006 in Ulaanbaatar.
The commercial sexual exploitation of children and women and the national and transnational trafficking in persons, for the purpose of sexual exploitation has noticeably increased in recent years in the East Asia and the Pacific region. It is estimated that 0.7-2 million people worldwide become victims of trafficking every year and most of them are adolescent girls and boys.
Although this is a comparatively new phenomenon in Mongolia, the Government and civil society organizations are concerned that this may increase rapidly within a short period of time.
According to the registration of the Central Police Department, 73 young children were subjected to sexual exploitation in 2006, 68 became victims of human trafficking, 30 crossed the border by forging false marriage certificates and 16 returned home.
In order to respond to this emerging problem, the Government of Mongolia approved the “National Plan of Action on Trafficking and Protection of children and women from commercial sexual exploitation” in November 2005. The plan of action will be implemented until 2014 and the main objectives are to create a legal environment for preventing trafficking in persons and sexual exploitation, to increase awareness within communities and among parents, youth and adolescents on this issue and to improve protection and rehabilitation of victims.
Mr. Richard Bridle, Deputy Regional Director of UNICEF’s East Asia Pacific Regional Office, emphasized in his remarks at the launching ceremony, that persistent poverty, and unscrupulous traders in human trafficking compounds this manifold problem and it is therefore crucial that society, the Government and law enforcing agencies are on guard against this emerging problem. He encouraged the Government to ratify, in the shortest possible time, the UN Optional Protocol, known as the Palermo Protocol, to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking of persons, especially women and children. Such ratification will go a long way to support the implementation of the National Programme of Action.