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US to grant Rs.183 mn to counter human trafficking in SL

20 January 2018 08:35 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The US government will grant more than Rs.183 million ($1.2 million) to counter human trafficking in Sri Lanka during the next three years, the US Embassy said on Friday.

It said the US State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs would award the new project “Equipping Sri Lanka to Counter Trafficking in Persons (EQUIP)” to the International Labor Organization (ILO) Country Office for Sri Lanka and Maldives.

US Ambassador Atul Keshap applauded the effort saying the US has a strong commitment to working with international partners to tackle the root causes of modern slavery and protect victims and vulnerable populations.

“Through the EQUIP project, we will continue to support the government of Sri Lanka in combating the scourge of human trafficking,” he said.

ILO Country Director Simrin Singh said this is a timely opportunity for the ILO to step up efforts to combat human trafficking

“Well-known ILO tools on Fair Recruitment and the application of recommendations of ILO Conventions and Protocols on Forced Labor will make a positive dent in tackling the challenges at national and grass root levels,” she said.

EQUIP will directly assist Sri Lankan men, women and children who are at risk and those who are victims of human trafficking. “The project will work closely with policy makers, law enforcement, recruitment agents, trade unions and business entities to amplify the impact of interventions and achieve lasting change,” the statement said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 6

  • gamini Saturday, 20 January 2018 10:54 AM

    From Sri Lankan perspective all who try to leave Sri Lanka illegally to the West or Australia are not "Victims of Human Trafficking". This phrase is the invention of the West to discourage non whites coming to their country as refugees.

    HR Saturday, 20 January 2018 07:16 PM

    Exactly, this is how the West fools and rule this world.

    Dalu Banda Saturday, 20 January 2018 11:00 AM

    It is OK but should not involve with constitutional engineering as it is an internal affair.

    sach Saturday, 20 January 2018 04:32 PM

    Any deal with USA should be handled with care. They are snakes

    Sambo Saturday, 20 January 2018 07:58 PM

    Who will be the recipient of this money.

    Jumbo Saturday, 20 January 2018 08:38 PM

    To the pocket of whom?

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