Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-Yung announced the result of “2017 Anti-TIP Performance Review” during the internal affairs meeting on the 29th in 2018 and commended outstanding achievers including Kaohsiung City Government and Hsinchu County Government. Hsu Kuo-Yung praised the local governments for their dedication and contribution to preventing human trafficking over the years. He also stressed that human trafficking prevention is an extremely important human rights issue, in the future the strength of various ministries and departments and local governments will be consolidated to advance prevention efforts, thereby reinforcing central/local prevention networks, and completely eradicating human trafficking.
MOI commends outstanding achievers Kaohsiung City Government and Hsinchu County Government
According to MOI, National Immigration Agency conducted a briefing on “Evaluation of 2017 anti-TIP performance by various special municipalities, county (city) governments” during the internal affairs meeting this afternoon. Minister Hsu commented that our four-pronged anti-trafficking strategy encompasses 4Ps (prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnership), relying on collaboration among various central government ministries, departments, and local governments. Furthermore, the National Immigration Agency has been tasked with the ongoing mission of “evaluating anti-TIP performance by various special municipalities, county (city) governments” in order to raise their awareness towards the importance of human trafficking prevention, as well as to bolster the scope and depth of various prevention measures, thereby enforcing the Human Trafficking Prevention Act.
MOI indicated, the evaluation of 2017 anti-TIP performance by local governments was conducted between May and June in 2018 across 11 special municipalities, county (city) governments (including Kaohsiung City) by experts, scholars, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Labor, MOI (National Police Agency and National Immigration Agency). In addition to 2 outstanding achievers (Kaohsiung City Government and Hsinchu County Government), 6 excellent achievers were also commended (including Taoyuan City).
Organizations that have demonstrated exceptional performance have all actively engaged in anti-TIP efforts. For instance, Kaohsiung City Government conducted a case study of foreign labor exploitation aboard deep sea fishing vessel Fu Ci Qun in order to improve the frontline colleagues’ investigative skills; Hsinchu County Government successfully consolidated cross-departmental manpower and resources, bringing the Labor Affairs Department and the Police Bureau together to visit homes and companies that have hired caretakers in order to promote government policies. Other innovative approaches including delivering information on human trafficking prevention-related laws to migrant workers have also been commended by the committee members.
The evaluation score, strengths and recommendations are published on National Immigration Agency’s official website (https://www.immigration.gov.tw/mp.asp?mp=1) for the reference of local governments and private organizations.
Note：TIP means for trafficking in persons.