A national committee in charge of fighting human trafficking in Laos convened a meeting on Thursday to discuss its plan as the nation still faces challenges in addressing the crime.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the half-day meeting in Vientiane, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and Investment, Dr Sonexay Siphandone said the meeting would confer on and evaluate the implementation of the national plan to combat human trafficking.
On top of that, the meeting would identify shortcomings in implementing the action plan over the first half of this year and impose more concrete measures to address these problems.
Other important issues discussed included the evaluation of the national action plan on anti-human trafficking for 2017-2020 and the new five-year plan from 2021-2025, Dr Sonexay said.
According to Dr Sonexay, the Party and government have been actively engaging in the battle against human trafficking over the past several years.
However, this crime was difficult to solve due to several factors, including the location of the country, lack of awareness about the dangers of human trafficking and limited education levels.
Laos shares borders with many countries, and there has been an increased demand for cheap labour in neighbouring countries. This created conditions for criminals to traffic people from countries whose population is poorly educated and unaware of the human trafficking dangers.
Dr Sonexay said that authorities found some cases of human trafficking involved hidden agendas such as marriage, illegal pregnancy and sex services.