Pan-Asia Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Summit

18-19 March, Bangkok, Thailand (hosted by UK Government

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As we have seen from the recent tragedy in Essex involving the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants attempting to arrive clandestinely in the UK, organised criminal groups involved in human trafficking will display an utter disregard for the value of human life in their endeavours to extract a profit from the desperation of many.  Nearly 66% of trafficking victims globally originate in Asia, yet there is little by means of operational coordination between the origin and transit countries within the Region.  The Pan-Asia Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Summit will bring together subject matter relevant delegations from Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan in a single forum to encourage the creation of a regional network for improved intelligence exchange.  In practical terms, this means ensuring that representatives from one country know who to contact in another when a potential victim of that nationality comes to notice or when they have intelligence to share and deconflict regarding the facilitation networks they’re targeting.

 

The concept of the event is a content rich agenda, with plentiful networking opportunities interwoven.  During the Summit, we’ll be looking at global/regional trends, the integration of technology into investigations/victim identification, links between online child abuse and human trafficking, the development of a multi-agency in country response, and the critical importance of working collaboratively with the private sector to ensure the integrity of value chains and set-up information/intelligence referral mechanisms.   We will also be showcasing the work of charities/NGOs in this field, as well as bringing a number of survivors to the Summit to discuss their experiences and what made them vulnerable to trafficking in the first instance.  The event will be chaired by the BBC Special Correspondent on Human Trafficking and is being delivered in partnership with a range of UK government departments as well as the Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.

 

The Summit is funded by the UK Government and is not-for-profit.  We’re now issuing an invitation for sponsorship, giving companies the opportunities to align their brands to this important UK government initiative from a corporate social responsibility perspective.  We’re not seeking direct financial support, but rather companies who are prepared to fund added-value experiential components to the Summit which will enhance the overall experience for our delegates; for example – fund an evening dinner or cocktail reception for the delegates.  In return, sponsoring companies will get branding at the event and on promotional materials, exhibition space and, depending on the scale of investment, a speaking slot during the event itself to showcase how they target harden their supply chains against exploitation.  I attach the event pre-brochure, which outlines more detail, for your consideration and onward circulation.

 

If any of your Members are interested in supporting this event, I’d be happy for them to reach out to me to discuss directly.

 

Thank you again for supporting this.

 

Best wishes,

 

Nick Fowler

Assistant Director

International Operations – Head of Region (EurAsia) / International Lead – Safeguarding & Modern Slavery

Border Force International, Intelligence Directorate

Nicholas.Fowler@homeoffice.gov.uk

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