Lao authorities maintain that cooperation with its fellow Mekong sub-region countries in intercepting and suppressing transnational human trafficking has achieved satisfactory results, and that they will continue to cooperate relentlessly with its GMS neighbors with the aim of suppressing the human trade even more effectively.
Laos Deputy Minister of Social Welfare and Labor made the comments at a meeting of GMS officials on human trafficking efforts recently held in Vientiane. GMS countries, which include Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, and Burma, agreed to cooperate in the fight against transnational human trafficking in a 2004 MOU signed in Yangon, the former capital of Burma.
As our Bangkok stringer reports there is no clear-cut figures on the number of Lao workers who have fallen victims of human trafficking, but Thai authorities said they have so far saved almost 600 Laotians from human trafficking.
Listen to our Laos Today for more details.