Good Practice

Reducing Labour Exploitation of Children and Women: Combating Trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-region - Phase II - Final Evaluation

Good Practice Description

An interesting example is in Northern Thailand, where cooperation between the Government, the UNICEF and Plan International resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2003. This MOU resulted in nine Northern provinces in Thailand making commitments to establish coordination mechanisms to develop and implement policies, plans and prevention activities, involving a great number of agencies and organisations in the fight against trafficking and work related exploitation.

The travel guide for young people Travel Smart - Work Smart, is another very good example of the TICW work. It directly targets young migrant workers and other vulnerable groups with smart information on how to protect themselves from trafficking-related abuses, acknowledging that young people do migrate, and will continue to do so in their search for work and new lives away from home.
The good practice is the innovative and, reportedly, far-reaching initiative by the Ministry of Tourism to prevent trafficking and exploitation in the tourism industry that involves four ther ministries as well as employers and workers. It also includes networking from the central, provincial/municipal, district and local levels, capacity building, workplace monitoring, awareness raising, skills training and social services to targeted groups in three provinces and useful manuals left behind for continued use. Another example, also from Cambodia, with the popular name "A Taste of Life", is about how a TV series (soap opera as the Project has called it) is spreading trafficking awareness. This has become known by many as a groundbreaking and very popular production (particularly among the young) and has reached a large audience.

The example of Employers' Organisations in Kunming City, China, is an innovative and interesting example where employers participated in trafficking prevention, where codes of conduct were distributed by employers for employers to prevent trafficking in their businesses.
The TICW Project has, in relation to this commitment, focused its work on supporting the multidisciplinary team in Phayao, as well as on operational guidelines at the national level. Note that while the Project has provided some support to it, the MOU process is not driven by the ILO (mainly UNICEF and Plan International) and would have happened with or without the support of the Project. The Sub-regional Mekong Youth Forum is another good initiative in the fight against trafficking. It has managed to engage children and youth (and their families) in having a say, and prove their own perspectives on the causes and consequences of human trafficking, and be in direct dialogue with policy and decision makers and thereby also making the anti-trafficking work more attractive for their peers the ones who have to learn how to protect themselves from trafficking and exploitation.