Foreign Minister, Rimbink Pato, has committed to Papua New Guinea
advancing measures to stop human trafficking and modern-day slavery
in the APEC Region.
Accompanied by Minister for Immigration and Border Security, Hon.
Petrus Thomas MP, Foreign Minister Pato was speaking at the Bali
Process Government and Business Forum in Perth, Australia, last
week where he said action that will save lives must be stepped
Human trafficking is a scourge, a blight on humanity, and an
anathema to the free world, Foreign Minister Pato said to the
audience of Ministers and business leaders from 45 countries.
From the poorest to the most developed countries, right now, people
are being trafficked and their rights denied.
We all have a role to play, regardless of the size or power of our
country or Government.
In Papua New Guinea, we have uncovered people smuggling crimes, and
working with our partners including Australia, we have interrupted
these activities and made arrests.
We are continuing to step-up border control protection measures
that will detect further illegal activities. Be it modern-day
slavery in the fisheries sector, or the exploration of people in
the sex trade, and other instances of forced labour, Papua New
Guinea takes this issue very seriously.
Foreign Minister Pato said Government cannot tackle the problem of
human trafficking on its own, but must work with the private
sector, and the upcoming APEC Transport Ministerial Meeting in Port
Moresby will advance this agenda.
We have to work with the transportation industry to interrupt
supply chains and networks in this awful trade in human misery.
In October this year, Papua New Guinea will host the 10th APEC
Transportation Ministerial Meeting.
APEC has been proactive in encouraging collaboration, through the
APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group, to combat the
problem of human trafficking in the Asia-Pacific region.
Considering transportation networks are exploited by traffickers, I
expect our engagement through APEC will make an important
contribution to dealing with this problem.
I will convey the outcomes of this Bali Process forum to Papua New
Guineas Transport Minister, to be presented at the 10th APEC
Transportation Ministerial Meeting in Port Moresby.
There is no place for human trafficking and smuggling in the modern
world, and Papua New Guinea will take the strongest stand to
detect, apprehend and prosecute...