JAKARTA, 20 January 2017 – It has been a positive start for ASEAN’s efforts to combat trafficking in persons in 2017, marked by the ratification of the regional convention against trafficking in persons by two more ASEAN Member States.

Viet Nam and Myanmar deposited their Instruments of Ratification of the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP) with the Secretary-General of ASEAN on 5 and 16 January 2017 respectively. This makes them the fourth and fifth Member State to ratify the Convention.

The Convention will enter into force on the 30th day upon the submission of the Instrument of Ratification by the sixth ASEAN Member State.

Once the ACTIP enters into force, it will be implemented along with the ASEAN Plan of Action Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (APA). As trafficking in persons requires multi-sectoral collaboration, the relevant ASEAN Sectoral Bodies and Organs are currently discussing measures to coordinate cross-sectoral efforts in implementing the ACTIP and APA on both national and regional levels.