JAKARTA, 8 March 2017 – The ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP), signed on 21 November 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, enters into force today in the six ASEAN Member States that have ratified the Convention.

The Convention is designed to come into force on the thirtieth day following the deposit of the sixth instrument of ratification with the ASEAN Secretariat. The Philippines which was the sixth Member State to ratify the Convention, submitted its instrument to the ASEAN Secretariat on 6 February 2017.

The ACTIP, which is a manifestation of ASEAN’s continued resolve to combat this heinous crime, will provide effective safeguards and protection to victims of trafficking as well as further strengthen enforcement measures. This Convention will also promote closer cooperation and collaboration among the Member States in the fight against trafficking.