Taiwan, Thailand discuss anti-trafficking agreement


TAIPEI–Taiwan and Thailand have discussed the possibility of signing an agreement to jointly combat human trafficking, the National Immigration Agency (NIA, 移民署) said yesterday at the conclusion of a visit to Thailand by its Director-General Hsieh Li-kung (謝立功).

In a meeting between Hsieh and Thailand’s Immigration Bureau Commissioner Wiboon Bangthamai, it was agreed that their two agencies should move in the direction of such a pact, but no details were discussed, the agency said.

Taiwan signed a memorandum of understanding with Mongolia last August that allows the two countries to hold joint training sessions and share intelligence on trafficking crimes.

A similar agreement with Thailand would provide an institutional basis for mutual legal assistance in the fight against human trafficking, Hsieh said last week.

He was on five-day visit to Thailand to update officials there on Taiwan’s efforts against human trafficking and terrorism.