Addressing corruption as a facilitator of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants
27 January 2021
On 27 January 2021, the Regional Support Office of the Bali Process (RSO) visited the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for South East Asia and the Pacific (ROSEAP), to discuss our collaborative efforts to understand and address corruption as a facilitator of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants.
Efforts to address these two crime types have so far not comprehensively addressed the fundamental role that corruption plays in fuelling them. At the same time, while there has been increased understanding of the role the corruption plays in weakening societies and states and driving transnational organized crime, so far, corruption stakeholders have yet to integrate counter-human trafficking and migrant smuggling into their work.
Understanding the multi-disciplinary nature of these cross-cutting challenges, RSO’s International Law and Policy Advisor was delighted to sit down with UNODC ROSEAP experts on human trafficking and migrant smuggling, corruption as well as border management. Opportunities to bring diverse perspectives together were discussed towards strengthening the evidence base, raising awareness and building capacity against corruption as a facilitator of human trafficking and smuggling in the Asia-Pacific region.