8 Apr 2013

Centre to raise awareness of trafficking in Micronesia

10:40 am on 8 April 2013

A Migrant Resource Centre set up in the Federated States of Micronesia is to help raise awareness of human trafficking in the region.

The center, based in Pohnpei, will train people before they migrate about accessing medical and health services, legal services, what to expect when applying for jobs, rental agreements and driving laws.

It will also focus on combatting human trafficking in the area.

The center is a joint effort between FSM, the Pohnpei State Government and the International Organisation for Migration.

Its chief of mission, Ashley Carl, says there's not a lot of data to indicate if FSM is, or isn't, vulnerable to human trafficking.

"Being a small island developing state of course there can be those risks, inherent risks with that particular status. But there have been cases in the past, in the last few years there was a very famous case that occurred in Guam of some women from one of the states in the FSM, several women being trafficked into Guam for sexual exploitation."

The chief of mission for the Migrant Resource Center in FSM, Ashley Carl.