Direct field actions to protect Southeast Asian women and children from sexual exploitation
Direct field actions to protect Southeast Asian women and children from sexual exploitation
Today, December 10th, is Human Rights Day, which also marks the end of the “16 days of activism” starting on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Since 1991, this campaign has aimed to raise awareness about gender-based violence (including sexual violence) as a human rights violation and encourage work at the local, national, regional and international levels.
We at AAT would like to thank our followers and partners for their
support as we continue our work to fight some of the harshest forms of violence; human trafficking and sexual exploitation; and to guarantee respect and fulfillment of the human rights of women and girls in Southeast Asia.
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Today, 2nd of December 2013, is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, marking the adoption in 1949 of the UN Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others. The challenge today is to eradicate contemporary forms of slavery, among which are trafficking in persons and sexual exploitation. Since its creation, AAT has been strongly committed to this goal, and some of the organization’s staffs have been devoting themselves to the cause for decades. Thanks to this long-term hard work, AAT has brought significant improvement to the condition of women and minors suffering from trafficking and sexual exploitation in the Southeast Asia region.
On the 25th of December 2013 AAT was finally able to welcome two girls repatriated from Malaysia.
As mentioned in our previous call for help, these two women had been trafficked on the 22nd of October and their passeports stolen by traffickers, preventing them from proving their legal entry in the country. In this situation, they were facing an important fine that they could not pay, and were therefore at risk of being incarcerated during months before being repatriated.
Contacted by the victims, AAT’s work with the Vietnamese Police permitted further investigation and cooperation with the Vietnamese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. This allowed to have the victims’ situation recognized and exempted them from paying the immigration fine.
AAT’s partner in Malaysia, TENAGANITA, sheltered the two victims and helped in coordinating the formalities with the Vietnamese and Malaysian authorities. Finally, with the support of GOOD SHEPHERD, the victim could safely fly back home and landed at Ho Chi Minh City’s airport on the 25th at 1 pm, were they were welcomed by AAT representatives, representatives of the local police from their province of origin, and a relative of one of the victims. They were then escorted back to their hometown and very grateful for the help provided.
Thank you to everyone who cooperated to allow this success!
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On Nov. 14th, 2013, a representative of AAT’s office and the director and a security guard of AAT’s center were present at Ho Chi Minh City’s airport to pick-up a woman repatriated from Malaysia.
According to her testimony, she accepted a job in a bar in Malaysia, where her employer kept her personal documents including her passport. When she expressed the desire to go back to Vietnam she was told that her passport was lost, so she went to the Vietnamese embassy.
In parallel, information from Tenaganita, our partner in Malaysia, indicates that she came to work at a pub but was sold to work in a massage parlour, and when asked to service men she ran away with the help of a customer.
It is difficult to clarify the facts in this story, and this could be explained by the desire to facilitate the procedure with immigration authorities for the return to Vietnam.
In any case, she managed to obtain a laissez-passer, paid an immigration fine, and was helped and sheltered by Teneganita while waiting to arrange her return to Vietnam.
AAT’s presence and help at the airport was requested, and allowed her to safely go back home as she desired.
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This is very important and this is the first time on 10 years that we facing to a situation like that…
Don’t forget to see the topic concerning the EMERGENCY SITUATION posted below.
Beside this special request, last week we repatriate other victims from Malaysia and in Ho Chi Minh City, 2 days ago, in cooperation with the Police C45B and police officers of Dien Bien province, 14 more children (From 11 to 17 years old) from factories was rescued again. (We have a list of 30 children but to now we just find 14) Blue Dragon organization is already informed and prepares their return back home.
We also prepare the repatriation of 3 more cases from Malaysia.
BUT…. AAT Vietnam no more owns any funds for his work and because the rescue is the priority, AAT started to stop activities and projects, and to fire employees to save some money for the rescues. AAT Thailand also not has the capacities to help AAT Vietnam to solve this situation.
Another consequence now is that the unique official transit center to exist in south can be closed soon and all future repatriation will be stopped too. The return of the incarceration camp is now studied back by Vietnamese authorities in place of the AAT center. A jump back 10 years!
(An article will be out soon about the relationship between of our present difficulties related to the surprising unconscious fact from few cooperators that we acting for persons in needs and not for unbelievable personal matters. AAT is fully transparent and methodologically collect all the facts related to our work during years)
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November 19, 2013 at 8:37 pm1
EMERGENCY SITUATION - CALL FOR HELP
AAT is facing a critical issue that it cannot resolve.
After having received information on two victims of trafficking in Malaysia, AAT and its partner TENAGANITA in Malaysia took action for rescue.
The Vietnamese embassy issued laissez-passer to ensure their repatriation to Vietnam.
However, since they were been trafficked (on the 22nd of october) their identification documents have been stolen by traffickers, and Malaysia is refusing to let them leave the country due to the expenses engaged for the operation and the absence of documents proving their legal entry in the country. As it is, they are subject to an immigration fine, which added to the cost of plane tickets makes a total of 2380 USD for the repatriation process.
If these fees cannot be found and the women cannot be repatriated very soon, they will be incarcerated for six months while the situation is alarming: at this time, they are staying at Tenaganita’s shelter but are heavily traumatized and reportedly attempted to commit suicide.
The Vietnamese Ministry of Police is currently working to lower the price of the fees, and as a last recourse Interpol will be solicited in the operation, but in any case the repatriation process will result in important expenses that will have to be made, which leaves the situation unchanged.
After having contacted IOM in Vietnam, in Malaysia as well as IOM regional office in Thailand, we were informed that their organization was not covering this type of repatriation and that they could not provide any help.
In the current financial situation, AAT is unable to cover for these fees, but unfortunately there is no other option to save these victims.
We do not know if anyone has the possibility to help us save them, but this is only recourse we can hope for right now, and this explains our urgent call for help.
Alliance Anti-Trafic Amy, Project Officer for East Asia and the Pacific Islands, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP/IP), U.S. Department of State was contacted the organization: Good Shepherd in Malaysia and they directly contact Tenaganita to support the repatriation of the Vietnamese Women. They will be back next week.
November 17, 2013 at 3:42 am1
Monica Danh Oh, great, good to hear this news
November 17, 2013 at 3:43 am1
Monica Danh We have to do something for helping these victims, not let the bad situation happen
November 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm1
Sexual Education & reproductive health Program for minors. (Pilot project in Vietnam)
“In one school, the deputy headmaster attributed the total absence of school pregnancy cases during the two years of the programme to the sex education classes”
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GREAT INTER-AGENCY COOPERATION EXAMPLE:
Children from Thai ethnic group trafficked from Dien Bien province (North Vietnam) to Ho Chi Minh City for labor exploitation.
Cooperation between Vietnamese agencies and INGOS: Blue Dragon Children's Foundation and Alliance Anti-Trafic (AAT)
Service provider network is very important. Age, gender, single mother, etc, have different needs for their rehabilitation. One NGO alone is not always able to care for everything and multi cooperation is a necessary solution.
AAT wishes to highlight a concrete cooperation example from a rescue to the return at home.
Rescue and repatriation of children trafficked for labor exploitation.
- Number of persons rescued:
44 (22 boys & 22 girls)
- Origin and coordination of the operation:
Mr. Nguyen Van Huan, Deputy Head of Office 6 (Ministry of Public Security in Ha Noi)
- Rescue made by:
C45B, Ministry of Police
(In the majority of countries, rescue from a place must be held by the police for legal issues and prosecution. NGOS rescue operations are illegal and also not permit to arrest criminals)
- Date of the rescues
September 20, 2011 at 4.00pm: 8 (Boys)
September 20, 2011 at 4.00pm: 7 (Girls)
September 21, 2011 at 3.30pm: 4 (Boys)
September 22, 2011 at 3.30pm: 3 (Girls)
September 27, 2011 ………………: 1 (Boy)
November 12, 2012 at 5.00pm: 9 (Boys)
November 12, 2012 at 5.00pm: 12 (Girls)
- Partner of the rescue:
AAT women rehabilitation center and HCMC Women Union. (Ministry of Police requested AAT to provide assistance by receiving the victims into its center).
- After the rescue:
The police transferred victims to AAT center and AAT contacted the Green Bamboo Center (Association for Welfare of Children in HCMC) to transfer boys to an adapted center.
HCMC AAT center (As the Peace house in Hanoi) is an official transit center in south for rescued victims before to back home. Children were examined by Mrs. Thạch Ngọc Yến (AAT center psychologist). Medical support, accommodation, clothes and hygiene material were provided. (The Blue Dragon Foundation proposed to reimburse these expenses)
- During the rescue time:
Cao Minh Quyen, AAT project director investigated to identify a NGO in the North to help children to return back home and to follow them up.
THE BLUE DRAGON agreed to support them and pay flight tickets and other fees for their return at home.
Thus, a meeting was held at AAT center with the presence of 3 AAT employees, 2 representatives from C45B, 2 representatives from Police Department in Dien Bien province and 1 representative from Blue Dragon Foundation
"Between 3 to 10 days, the victims were safely returned back home"
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November 11, 2013 at 11:00 pm
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November 11, 2013 at 10:47 am1
Rescue on the way
This week, thank to information provided by Vietnamese Anti Criminal Police, AAT was finally able to contact 5 trafficked Vietnamese in Malaysia. They now rescued and safe and the victim identification investigation is also finished.
Now AAT and TENAGANITA, our brother organization in Malaysia prepare them and flight tickets for repatriation to Vietnam.
Total time of the operation: 3 weeks (From the 1st knowledge about potential victims to their return at home)
Report and fact finding will be published after rescued persons back to Vietnam
The cooperation between AAT and TENAGANITA permit to rescue and repatriated more than 50 Vietnamese from Malaysia each year.
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November 9, 2013 at 7:38 am1
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Everyone can discover the great results we accomplished with our project in Vietnam in another post below. In general, AAT usually develops very particular actions and collects special results that are not usual for NGO work! This is our specialty and this is our signature.
In many cases, AAT achieved success at a high level of work, usually reserved to international organizations such as the UN or IOM. AAT is a very small INGO, but we were able to do it.
During the project time, our work, actions and our success stories were largely used and referenced by other institutions or governments but AAT as the origin of the action was usually not mentioned. Sometimes we have read on other organizations’ websites "We have rescued..." concerning persons rescued by AAT’s network. Why? Not why are they not mentioning AAT, but why are they not making similar actions to collect success stories?
For an NGO specialized on victim support, AAT’s point of view is not usual because we do not consider as normal the situation of victims, AAT prefers the long-term solving of the situation by reducing potential risks for the population in order to prevent new victims and by supporting frameworks for governments, mostly the police. Development for us means “change of comportment” not only for the population but mostly for the governments and other stakeholders. Thus, sustainability becomes: new adapted protective laws, human rights, education and mechanisms that aim at permanently protecting the future generations. And the best future we can hope for rehabilitation programs is of course to disappear in opposition to becoming sustainable. Have we thought that developing rehabilitation systems sustainably, by the way, also means that we agree that the problem will be sustainable? Basically, the source of the problem is not really the “victim” (or “survivor” as some call them) and it is not the population. The correct question might be "why and how a girl becomes a victim?”.
In addition to feelings of sympathy for her, we should mostly feel anger wondering about the reasons why a girl becomes a victim. If we keep this sentence in mind, our approach in project action will be different and then we can begin to fight against trafficking or sexual exploitation.
Of course, development of rehabilitation programs is now still a necessity, but this must be temporary as the number of victims must be decreased to the minimum possible (a hospital is not considered as the solution against driving accidents, “change of comportment” through education and repression are considered as the solution! 20 years ago, this was the same approach with schools for street children. Now they almost no more exist).
Thus, I am just exposing a point of view, but I am not taking into account the fact that access to funds is easy for support to victims, difficult for prevention and nearly impossible for deep sustainable changes of comportment. Development as AAT does in Vietnam is not really known yet by many foundations that mostly work on community development, and some of AAT’s targets often appear unclear to them!
Unfortunately, despite the fact that in the last 3 years our expected targets have been met at an average of around 150%, that the evaluation clearly shows our active participation on the global development of the context, and that AAT has been an important actor whose work impacted all countries of the S.E.A. region, AAT still has significant difficulties to raise funds to keep alive other actions engaged, rather than simply the rehabilitation of victims. In fact, if AAT in Vietnam were to stop now, development reached will be negatively impacted and some action simply stopped.
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2010-2013 fact finding Alliance Anti Trafic Vietnam. External project evaluation by Phil Marshall.
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AAT Regional Thailand staff with Patricia and José from our partner organization Manos Unidas discussing the results of our joint work in victim repatriation and our future cooperation to combat human trafficking.
Workshop for experience sharing on fighting against human trafficking in southern key provinces