U.S. Embassy hosts virtual training on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Prevention 

The Embassy of the United States of America in Brunei Darussalam concluded a two-day virtual training on human trafficking prevention today for more than 40 Bruneian investigators, prosecutors, police officers, and government employees involved in the fight against TIP.

The virtual training was held January 12-13 in commemoration of U.S. National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, on January 11, with the support of the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Prevention Unit.

The training session included discussions on employers retaining workers’ passports, living standards for migrant workers, abuse of household employees, victim identification and protection, and the Palermo Protocol, to which Brunei is a party.

The 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report recognized Brunei’s efforts in hopes of meeting the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and recommended increased efforts to investigate, prosecute, convict, and punish both sex and labor traffickers, including complicit government officials, with strong penalties.

To emphasize the U.S. commitment to tackling human trafficking, President Joe Biden proclaimed January 2022 as National Human Trafficking Prevention Month and released the National Plan to Combat Human Trafficking, a whole-of-government approach to combating human trafficking in the United States and abroad.