Recruitment practices constitute human trafficking when they are deceptive or coercive and have exploitative intentions. They can also create vulnerabilities to forms of exploitation, such as when they involve excessive fees. Ensuring fair recruitment is hence a key prevention strategy for human trafficking.
In support of SDG 16.2 on ending human trafficking, UN-ACT, in its capacity as the Secretariat to the Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative against Trafficking (COMMIT), convened a workshop with relevant ministries and civil society organizations from COMMIT member states (Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam) to develop principles and guidelines for fair recruitment.
Held in Bangkok from 27-29 September 2017, the event drew upon international standards and received technical and financial support from ILO, IOM and UNODC. The outcome is set to be adopted at the COMMIT Senior Officials Meeting in November before being operationalized at the national level.