The Australia–Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons
(AAPTIP) is a five-year (2013–2018) AU$50 million initiative of the Australian Government
that aims to reduce the incentives and opportunities for trafficking of persons
in the Association of South East Asia Nations (ASEAN) region.
AAPTIP builds on Australia’s long-term support for programs to
strengthen the criminal justice response to human trafficking in Asia. These
programs include the Asia Regional Cooperation to Prevent People Trafficking
(ARCPPT; 2003–2006), and the Asia Regional Trafficking in Persons
(ARTIP; 2006–2013) project.
AAPTIP focuses on the prosecution pillar of anti-trafficking at the
national and regional level. Support will be provided to the ASEAN Secretariat
(ASEC), and partner countries Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar,
Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
AAPTIP will strengthen the criminal justice response to trafficking by:
enhancing regional and national investigative and judicial cooperation on
trafficking cases; strengthening legislative frameworks; providing adequate
support for victim-witnesses; and expanding the evidence base for policy
development and decision-making.