Institutional Arrangements to Counter Human Trafficking in the Asia Pacific


Emmers, Ralf, Beth Greener-Barcham, and Nicholas Thomas. 2006. “Institutional Arrangements to Counter Human Trafficking in the Asia Pacific.” Contemporary Southeast Asia 28 (3): 490-511.

Authors: Ralf Emmers, Beth Greener-Barcham, Nicholas Thomas


In recent years there has been a marked increase in human trafficking across the borders of Asia-Pacific states. In addressing this problem, regional states have found that unilateral actions are insufficient to stem the flows of trafficked persons. In response to this shortfall in capacity a number of arrangements have been initiated by regional institutions. The purpose of this article is to analyse the efficacy of these institutional arrangements. This article discusses the problem of human trafficking and its patterns within the region, before assessing the current anti-trafficking programmes and policies developed by regional institutions in East Asia and the South Pacific. The article then reviews trans-regional efforts being undertaken through the ASEAN Regional Forum, including the Asia-Europe meeting and the Bali Process. In concluding, it is suggested that while the regional institutions remain captured by state interests they are nonetheless an important vehicle in combating human trafficking in the Asia Pacific.

Keywords: regional institutions, human trafficking, ASEAN, transnational crime, Bali Process

Topics: Gender, Trafficking, Human Trafficking Regions: Asia

Year: 2006

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