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Where we work

AAT Regional Thai

  • Bangkok, Thailand: Regional Office
  • Bangkok, Thailand: Suan Phlu Immigration Detention Center
  • Chong Mek, Ubon Ratchathani: Learning Center, Office, Community based programs
  • Vang Tao (Thai border), Laos: Coordination Center
  • Paksé, Laos: Learning Center, Drop-In Center


  • Vientiane, Laos: Joint office with Lao Women’s Union
  • Mandalay, Myanmar: Project office (2014)
  • Taunggyi, Shan State: Community based programs (2014)
  • AAT Regional Vietnam: Find out more here

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Country Profiles

Cambodia

Cambodia is a country of origin, but also a transit and destination country mostly for trafficked Vietnamese women. The consequences of the civil conflict are among the factors that push Cambodians to migrate and become victims of trafficking. The conflict has not only badly affected the Cambodian economy, but also left the population with severe trauma. The unstable political system and fragility of the government have not yet permitted the rebuilding of the country. Among its problems are a wide income gap between the rich and the poor. Violence among the population, especially towards women, persists.
More information about Cambodia country situation (UNIAP)
Due to the presence of a large amount of professional local NGOs and INGOs, AAT usually works through partners in Cambodia and has no permanent project activities in the country. However, AAT Reg. Thai closely coordinates in the detection and tracing of Cambodian victims in order to provide them with protection in receiving countries. AAT Regional Vietnam also actively develops and engages in the repatriation of Vietnamese victims of trafficking from Cambodia.

China

China is both an origin and destination country for trafficking victims. Trafficking of women and children is a serious problem in many of China’s provinces. Although most cases occur within the country, studies show that cross-border trafficking of women is increasing, most commonly for sexual exploitation and forced marriage.
More information about China country situation (UNIAP)
AAT does not have permanent activities in China, but has coordinated on various cases with partners in the country. In the future, AAT Reg. Thai plans to intensify activities in the Chinese border areas.

Lao

Lao PDR is mainly an origin country for victims who are exploited mostly Thailand (due to language, cultural and geographical proximity as well as easy access) but also in destinations such as Malaysia and Singapore. However, the country is also becoming a transit and destination place especially for Vietnamese women.
A lack of opportunities in communities has contributed to the increase in Laotian internal and trans-national migration. The remoteness and lack of basic facilities of some communities as well as gender inequality issues are other important push factors.
More information about Lao PDR country situation (UNIAP)
To respond to the situation, AAT Reg. Thai’s project in Laos aims to protect Laotian women and girls from sexual exploitation and trafficking. It consists of empowerment activities that aim to enable women and girls to base life decisions and on their own choices, increase livelihood options and to actively participate in social actions and trafficking prevention activities in their own communities.
In Lao PDR, AAT implements activities in close collaboration with national partners, mainly Lao Women’s Union and the Lao Federation of Trade Unions.
Activities in Lao PDR include for example:

  • Victim identification and medical check-ups at the border between Thailand and Laos
  • Safe transportation home and/or accommodation at border to prevent re-trafficking
  • Career development, access to education and occupational training
  • Developing women’s groups to increase women’s leadership in their communities and prevent trafficking and sexual exploitation/abuse.

Malaysia

Malaysia is one of the main destination countries for trafficking of girls for sexual exploitation in the region due to economic and political stability. From a global perspective, the country is also a transit and origin country. Several forms of trafficking to Malaysia exist: trafficking for sexual exploitation, labor exploitation, for baby adoption as well as for forced marriage. AAT Reg. Thai has assisted several victims who were married to Malaysian men and then forced unpaid work or prostitution, experiencing severe and regular violence.
Recently, the Malaysian government has engaged in efforts to combat human trafficking. The Government has adopted an Anti-Trafficking Act and appointed a National Council against trafficking. However, gaps in the mechanisms to address trafficking and a lack of collaboration with local NGOs and agencies from origin countries create a situation where many foreign victims of trafficking are still arrested as illegal migrants and deported at the” no man’s land” at the Thai-Malaysian border. Many of these victims are re-trafficked either to the Thai or to the Malaysian side.
AAT Reg. Thai activities and Malaysia are mainly based on the development of collaboration mechanisms with authorities and local NGOs to protect and repatriate foreign victims of trafficking, but also direct actions have been implemented in Malaysia. Currently, AAT and its partners have set up a temporary system to detect, protect and repatriate victims of trafficking.  AAT’s role is to gather information on missing persons in origin countries and send it to Malaysian counterparts. AAT then assists in the return process by supporting embassies and organizations in victims’ origin countries.
AAT Reg. Thai also works on the development of regional collaboration and protection mechanisms. We organize exchanges among law enforcement officers, the Commission of Human Rights, Social Welfare and Women’s Unions from Thailand, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore to develop mutual understanding and collaboration.
Finally we support prevention campaigns along the border between Thailand and Malaysia, implemented by the youth groups started by AAT.

Myanmar

Myanmar is one of the region’s main source countries for both labor and sexual trafficking. Due to the widespread political unrest, violent conflicts between the government and various ethnic groups and the resulting poverty and lack of opportunities, it is sometimes estimated that as much as a third of Myanmar’s population has migrated; a majority to neighboring Thailand. In past years, a majority of trafficking victims assisted by AAT in Thailand have been from Shan State, one of the conflict areas in Myanmar.
More information about Myanmar country situation (UNIAP)
In Myanmar, AAT is starting its work in Shan State in the beginning of 2014 with project activities in Chiang Tung and Mandalay. The activities will be focused on trafficking prevention, victim detection and assistance, and repatriation of victims from destination countries.

Thailand

Relative economic and political stability make Thailand a main destination and transit country in the region. Numbers of women and children from the region migrate to Thailand, or through Thailand to Malaysia or Singapore, attracted by working opportunities. Thailand is also one of the biggest origin countries of victims in the region from a world wide perspective. Therefore the country is the center for transnational sexual exploitation and trafficking in the region.
More information about Thailand country situation (UNIAP)
In Thailand, AAT Reg. Thai aims to complement government efforts to prevent and suppress trafficking and to protect and assist victims. Our activities include for example:

  • Community-based watchdog mechanisms to find information and reach victims of trafficking
  • Tracing and protection of victims for example through rescue operations in cooperation with Thai law enforcement agencies
  • Prevention trainings and victim identification inside Immigration Detention Centers
  • Professional psychosocial assistance and activities to develop self-esteem and self-confidence for victims in shelters
  • Legal assistance
  • Preparation and organizing of return
  • Economic and social empowerment activities
  • Access to education, including scholarships for most vulnerable groups
  • Prevention campaigns in border areas to educate women and children on self-protection
  • Assistance to women who want to find alternatives to prostitution

Vietnam

Vietnamese women and minors are trafficked to almost every country of Southeast Asia following three main routes: In passing through Laos (Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore), through Cambodia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore) or by flying directly to Malaysia and Singapore often helped by Vietnamese communities established in those countries. Furthermore, large numbers of trafficked Vietnamese live in Cambodia.
More information about Vietnam country situation (UNIAP)
AAT Reg. Vietnam has developed official national programs on prevention, protection and reintegration of Vietnamese women and minors. AAT Reg. Vietnam has also developed international programs for their protection and repatriation back to Vietnam. See www.allianceantitrafic.org for more information.

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