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6 Mekong countries act to stop human trafficking

VOA, 31 March 2005

Six countries along the Mekong river have agreed to a three-year plan to fight human trafficking.

Authorities from Cambodia, China, Laos, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam made the pledge Thursday at the conclusion of a three-day conference in Hanoi.

In a statement, the officials said they will work across borders to detect trafficking rings, recover victims and return them home, and prosecute offenders.

No estimates exist on how many people are trafficked each year in the Mekong region, but the United Nations Children's Fund believes some 200,000 people have been trafficked across the entire Asia-Pacific region.
Most victims are children and women.



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