Brunei Maintains Tier II Ranking Trafficking in Persons (TIP)
The American Embassy in Brunei releases the following news on Brudirect on 21 June 2014:
The United States Secretary of State John Kerry has released the 2014 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report and the U.S. Embassy would like to announce that the Government of Brunei has maintained its “Tier II” ranking for its counter-trafficking efforts in 2013. The United States looks forward to continuing to work with His Majesty’s government as our nations seek to eradicate trafficking crimes and modern day slavery to make our world a safer place.
The goal of the TIP report is to stimulate action and create partnerships around the world in the fight against modern-day slavery. The Report’s standards are consistent with those set forth in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 2000, and the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (the “Palermo Protocol”), supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.
The 2014 TIP Report indicates that the Brunei government has continued its efforts to prevent trafficking. Among other achievements, the government completed and began implementation of a national action plan to combat trafficking. In January 2014, the government conducted a briefing for representatives of foreign diplomatic missions in Brunei to raise awareness of the dangers of trafficking and the process for reporting cases to authorities. Earlier this year, Brunei hosted a meeting of the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection on the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC). Brunei has also recently increased its efforts to regulate employment agencies, honing in on those who may be involved in the hiring of migrant laborers and cracking down on those companies that are unlicensed. All these are positive signs of Brunei’s continued commitment to combatting TIP. A Tier II ranking indicates that a country is making significant efforts to comply with minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, though it does not yet fully comply with those standards.
The 2014 TIP Report also provides recommendations for specific goals and objectives to further increase the Government of Brunei’s efforts to investigate and prosecute trafficking offenses and to convict and punish offenders for sex and labor trafficking.