Taiwan, Nauru ink MOU to combat human trafficking


TAIPEI — Taiwan and Nauru sealed a memorandum of understanding Monday to cooperate on immigration and the prevention of human trafficking.

The MOU was signed by Taiwan Interior Minister Chen Wei-zen and Nauru Justice Minister David Adeang on behalf of their respective governments.

Chen said human trafficking is a serious crime infringing on human rights that cannot be effectively stopped through unilateral efforts, and Taiwan is therefore actively seeking cooperation with other countries to jointly attack human trafficking.

Taiwan has been listed as a Tier 1 country in the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report for five consecutive years �X the only Asian country other than South Korea to have received the U.S.’s highest rating over that period of time, Chen noted.

Nauru is the 14th country to sign a human trafficking prevention MOU with Taiwan. Other countries include Mongolia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Paraguay, the United States and Japan.