Tai­wan, Nauru ink MOU to com­bat hu­man traf­fick­ing

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan and Nauru sealed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing Mon­day to co­op­er­ate on im­mi­gra­tion and the pre­ven­tion of hu­man traf­fick­ing.

The MOU was signed by Tai­wan In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chen Weizen and Nauru Jus­tice Min­is­ter David Adeang on be­half of their re­spec­tive gov­ern­ments.

Chen said hu­man traf­fick­ing is a se­ri­ous crime in­fring­ing on hu­man rights that can­not be ef­fec­tively stopped through uni­lat­eral ef­forts, and Tai­wan is there­fore ac­tively seek­ing co­op­er­a­tion with other coun­tries to jointly attack hu­man traf­fick­ing.

Tai­wan has been listed as a Tier 1 coun­try in the U.S. State Depart­ment’s Traf­fick­ing in Per­sons Re­port for five con­sec­u­tive years — the only Asian coun­try other than South Korea to have re­ceived the U.S.’s high­est rat­ing over that pe­riod of time, Chen noted.

Nauru is the 14th coun­try to sign a hu­man traf­fick­ing pre­ven­tion MOU with Tai­wan. Other coun­tries in­clude Mon­go­lia, In­done­sia, Viet­nam, Paraguay, the United States and Ja­pan.

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