The next phase of its policy work combatting not only human trafficking, but other transnational serious organised crime, is expected to be heavily influenced by the changing environment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on agency and regional capacities. The fact that Australia is the source of much of the demand that drives the engine of human trafficking and illicit commodities markets in the Mekong region also places it in the unique position—through a combination of policy, funding, and programmatic design—to be a source of solutions in that same region. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the current state of affairs in the Mekong region, the role of the Australian government and policies and, in light of the development of a global pandemic, the projected impact of COVID-19 on the human trafficking and TNOC landscape in the Mekong region. Finally, the paper’s recommendations fall into each of the “Four P’” categories—Partnership, Prosecution, Protection, and Prevention—offering a comprehensive analysis and approach that addresses each critical aspect of the human trafficking framework.
|Place of Publication||USA|
|Publisher||DT Global & DT Institute|
|Number of pages||108|
|Publication status||Published - 09 Jun 2021|