There is one significant component missing from this draft law: a statement that offers protection to victims through assistance as well as full respect of their human rights. Illustration: Timothy Mcevenue. timothymcevenue.net

Hong Kong human-trafficking law could be a regional leader – if it protects victims

Matthew Friedman says the proposed bill on preventing human trafficking in Hong Kong is a good start. However, the legislation would benefit from including provisions offering help to affected victims and preventing them from being targeted by other laws

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There is one significant component missing from this draft law: a statement that offers protection to victims through assistance as well as full respect of their human rights. Illustration: Timothy Mcevenue. timothymcevenue.net
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Matthew Friedman

Matthew Friedman

Matthew Friedman is an international human trafficking expert with 29 years’ experience as a manager, programme designer, evaluator and frontline responder. He is currently chief executive officer of The Mekong Club, an organisation of Hong Kong-based private sector business leaders who have joined forces to help fight human trafficking in Asia.