From 2011 until 2015, LSCW has been one of the key NGOs selected to support the Counter Trafficking in Persons (CTIP II) programme, funded by USAID through Winrock International. CTIP II works to combat human trafficking through enhance survivor protection, improving law enforcement capacity, and to promote effective national and local prevention strategies to reduce trafficking in persons. The project’s three primary objectives are:
Strengthening referral mechanisms to assist trafficking victims
Strengthening referral mechanisms includes conducting meetings with local NGOs and other stakeholders, forming partnerships with NGOs and government authorities overseas, and providing assistance for the repatriation and reintegration of trafficking victims.
Providing direct legal assistance to trafficking victims
The direct legal assistance LSCW provides includes legal advice and representation in 24 provinces in Cambodia, conducting interviews and investigations concerning trafficking, assisting survivors of trafficking in filing complaints against their traffickers, and advocating in court.
Developing IEC materials for public awareness
IEC materials, including brochures, leaflets and posters, are developed with the aim of providing information on the legal rights of victims and the services available to them.
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Stories of survival
Every year, it is estimated that hundreds of Cambodian men are trafficked to work on fishing vessels in Thailand. These fishermen end up in exploitative situations where they find themselves trapped as slaves: never-ending work hours, unpaid salaries, hard working conditions, physical abuse, forced use of drugs, and torture. Many never come back, some commit suicide and the lucky few escape.
Last June, the CTIP program created and published "Where is the Horizon?, Trafficked on Fishing Vessels", a booklet on human trafficking of Cambodian men on fishing vessels. The booklet provides information about the crimes and the trial of Giant Ocean International Fishery Co., Ltd, a licensed recruitment agency that is estimated to have cheated and sent 1,000 Cambodian men to work on fishing vessels in slavery-like conditions. It contains 10 testimonies of Cambodian men cheated by the company. The booklet can be viewed in English and Khmer at http://www.winrock.org/resources/where-horizon-trafficked-fishing-vessels.
The video below describes the stories of some of the 97 survivors who have been provided with legal aid by LSCW. Where is the Horizon? was produced under the Counter Trafficking CTIP Project. The project is supported by the US Agency for International Development implemented by Winrock International. For more information on the CTIP Project, please visit www.facebook.com/CTIP2.