Assistance for Prevention of Trafficking in the Lao People's Democratic Republic

June 17, 2003

  1. On June 17 (Tue), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend a total of 506,669 - US dollar assistance through the Trust Fund for Human Security to the project "Girls' Education and Community Development for Awareness Raising and Prevention of Trafficking of Girls in the People's Democratic Republic Lao" to be implemented by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

  2. The purpose of this project is to prevent and reduce trafficking in young girls in three provinces (Khammouane, Savannakhet and Saravan) on the border with Thailand in the Lao PDR where the incidence of transnational trafficking is high. Activities include teacher training to improve the quality of basic education, awareness raising in the communities to improve knowledge of the dangers of trafficking, and strengthening the capability of institutions related to social services for the early intervention and prevention of trafficking.

  3. This project is expected to empower individuals who are threatened by trafficking in Laos and to strengthen protection measures through community cooperation.

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