South & Central Asia

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) CONVENTION

Posted By: • December 7th, 2015

Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Women and Children for Prostitution 

This Convention was signed in 2002  is to promote regional cooperation among the SAARC Member States so that they may effectively deal with the various aspects of prevention and combating trafficking in women and children; the repatriation; and rehabilitation of victims of trafficking and prevent the use of women and children in international prostitution networks, particularly where the countries of the SAARC region are the countries of origin, transit and destination.

The Convention calls for the State Parties to prevent trafficking of women and children in any form and ensures that trafficking in any form is punishable under the State Law. It also ensures that the State parties protect and maintain the confidentiality of the child and women victims of trafficking and that they are provided appropriate counseling and legal assistance. It calls for State Parties to sensitize their law enforcements agencies and judiciary to prevent and interdict trafficking of women and children.

The Convention encourages State Parties to promote awareness of the problem of trafficking in Women and Children and its underlying causes through the use of media. In case of cross- border trafficking, the State Parties should make suitable means for the repatriation of the victims to the country of origin and provide legal advice, health care facilities to the victims.

The Convention also calls for the State Parties to adopt in accordance to their respective constitutions, the legislative and other measures necessary to ensure the implementation of the Convention.

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