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Investigation into possible modern day slavery underway

August 7, 2018 6:25 pm

The Fiji Police Force is currently investigating a possible case of modern day slavery involving a South Korean group acting under the pretence of a religious and business organisation.

This was highlighted by Defense Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola at the 7th ministerial conference of the Bali process in Indonesia yesterday.

Kubuabola says that the Fijian Government intends to engage further with the private sector and civil society organisations to improve the protection, rehabilitation and reintegration of victims of human trafficking regardless of their nationality.

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He adds that transnational crimes continue to create significant political, economic, social and security challenges to national sovereignty.

The Minister also says the lack of infrastructure and systems to monitor transnational crimes often hinders small island states abilities to detect and take action against such activities.

The Bali Process is a forum comprising of Ministers from the Asia Pacific region responsible for security to discuss Government initiatives and other efforts made to combat modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour including pertinent transnational crime challenges confronting developing States.

The Ministerial Conference was attended by 45 member countries and 3 member organizations of the Bali Process, and a number of observing countries and organizations.

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