Human Trafficking

US Ambassador: People have power to eliminate human trafficking

Speaking today at the National Library to mark World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, North said PNG just like any other country was a source and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour.

But he said that PNG had made significant progress in the fight against human trafficking,  moving from being ranked Tier 3 in 2008 to now Tier 2-Watchlist based on the 2015 US Trafficking in Persons Report.

Human trafficking high in Marshalls, PNG and Solomons

The country ranks the worst out of all island Pacific nations in the US State Department's Trafficking in Persons Report 2015.

The Marshall Islands' poor record revolves around the capital Majuro's role as a port of call for foreign fishing and transhipping vessels.

It says Marshall Islands girls are recruited by foreign business owners to engage in prostitution with crew members of the vessels.

It also says some Chinese women are recruited with promises of legitimate work and forced into prostitution after paying large recruitment fees.