Site to monitor global slave trade
- By Bryant Jordan
- Sep 06, 2000
U.S. State Department 1999 Country Reports for East Asia
The State Department is sponsoring a Web site to draw attention to international
crisis of trafficking in people mostly women and children.
The site, to be called the Trafficking of Persons Information Center, will
be designed, developed and maintained by a Washington, D.C.-based agency
under a sole-source contract from State.
The Academy for Educational Development is a non-profit organization that
operates development programs in the United States and overseas, according
to the academy's Web site (www.aed.org).
No one at the State Department could be reached Tuesday to discuss the planned
Web site. An academy official deferred comment to the U.S. Agency for International
Development, which will be the nonprofit's immediate contact for the site.
Linda Leonard, a program officer at USAID, also was not available for comment.
Under the deal, academy researchers will compile data on the trade and post
monthly updates. The focus will generally be on trafficking and anti-trafficking
laws within eastern Asia and the Pacific region. It will also look at legislation,
international agreements, ongoing negotiations to punish trafficking, meetings,
conferences and workshops.
Under the terms of the sole-source contract with the Academy for Educational
Development, the trafficking site will have to be accessible to government,
nongovernment and international organization officials throughout eastern
Asia and the Pacific.
According to the State Department's 1999 country reports for eastern Asia,
trafficking in people particularly women and children - is a problem in
China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and
Vietnam. In most cases, according to the State Department, the victims are
forced into prostitution.
The trafficking site will be based on a prototype created by the Global
Technology Corps, a State Department program that links public, academic
and private organizations with U.S. embassies to promote social and cultural
programs through information technology.
For example, Apple Computer Inc. contributed 10 iMacs to a Bosnian school
last year under an arrangement crafted by Global Technology Corps.