October 17

Eid-Ul-Zuha celebrated

ITANAGAR, Oct 16: The Tribal Muslim Community of Capital Complex celebrated Eid-Ul-Zuha, the festival of sacrifice, today with pomp and show.

The celebration began with mass prayer at Bath Village, near here.

Later addressing the gathering, Byabang Pratap, assistant engineer, Power Grid, extending wishes to all the fellow Muslim brethrens urged upon them to follow the teachings of Holy Prophet Mohammad.


Chingdang celebrated

ITANAGAR, Oct 16: Chingdang, the festival of Miji community was celebrated with great enthusiasm at Tippi near Bhalukpong in West Kameng district.

Chingdang is the most important festival of the Mijis. It is an occasion for reunion among the local community.

The significance of the festival lies in a ceremony whereby the priest ties a piece of wool around everybody's neck. The belief is that the enchanted thread will bring good luck to each one of them.

Mega Chingdang festival is celebrated every year on October 15 and 16 among Sajolang (Miji) community of East Kameng and West Kameng district.

Tourism and RWD Minister Pema Khandu, Parliamentary Secretary Kumar Waii, MLA Kumsi Sidisow, former MP Kiren Rijiju, State Medicinal Plants Board vice chairman Soni Degio, Arunachal Pradesh Forest Corporation Limited vice chairman Jabring Venia, Youth Congress spokesman Norbu Sonam and many dignitaries attended the festival.

Citing the popular maxim ‘loss of culture is loss of identity,’ Tourism Minister Pema exhorted the youths to protect and preserve their cultural heritage.

Cultural display, volleyball competition, traditional folk dances etc. were the main attractions of the festival.


‘Take up stapled visa issue with Centre’

ITANAGAR, Oct 16: Terming the issuing of stapled visas to Arunachalee archers Yomi Sorang and Maselo Mihu by the Chinese embassy in New Delhi recently a great concern for young sportspersons and the patriotic Arunachalees, the All Arunachal Pradesh Gymnastics Association (AAPGA) today said it was high time that the state Government take up the issue with the Central Government to settle the matter amicably, ‘so that China refrains from such acts of discrimination in the future.’ China’s repeatedly issuing stapled visas to Arunachalees is condemnable, and the issue should be raised not only by the state but also by conscientious people from all corners of the country, vice president of Gymnastics Federation of India & AAPGA general secretary Nani Kojin stated in a press release.


3rd Winter Football Tournament comes to an end

ITANAGAR, Oct 16: The 3rd Winter Football Tournament 2013 came to an end on October 13 last with Gorkha Boyz emerging as the winning team.

Gorkha Boyz won by scoring three goals against Durpa-B with only one goal.

The winning team took away a cash prize of Rs 30,000/- along with a trophy and a certificate, while the runners up team Durpa-B bagged Rs 15000 along with a trophy and a certificate.

The discipline team went to Kimin Market Welfare Football Club with cash amount of Rs 5000, trophy and a certificate.

Tao Majik of Palin Chambang was adjudged the best goalkeeper and Tadar Tachung of Durpa-B took away the best player award.


District level patriotic song competition held

ITANAGAR, Oct 16: Sanskar Bharati Arunachal Pradesh organized district level patriotic song competition “e mere watan ke logo” in collaboration with IFCSAP, Upper Subansiri district unit at Rijo ground, Daporijo on October 13.

Rupa Chador from Taksing, YalumRisi from Gusar and TalikLaa of Puchi Geko were adjudged first, second and third in the Upper Subansiri district level competition. They will represent the district in the state level competition Sarhad Ko Swaranjali 2013 to be held in the first week of November at Itanagar.

In total, 25 young budding artistes from various parts of the district participated in the competition.


Intra-Panchayat Football tourney begins

ITANAGAR, Oct 16: The first ever football tournament among the seven Panchayat segments under Capital Complex was inaugurated by Zilla Chairperson Nabam Aka in presence of all the ZPMs and Panchayat members here yesterday.

In her brief speech, the ZPC highlighted the importance of games and sports and encouraged the girls’ to participate in sports and physical activities.

1-Borum ZPM Techi Tolu urged all to maintain peace and unity among all the members of the seven Panchayats.

The inaugural match played between Borum Panchayat Football Team and Model Panchayat Football Team ended in 2-2 draw, informed Ganga Youth Club, in a release.


ATYO for restriction on  gambling

ITANAGAR, Oct 16: All Tagin Youth Oraganisation (ATYO) has appealed to the Upper Subansiri district administration not to issue dice (Gambling)  permit for long days as it may create law and order problem in district headquarters and elsewhere in the district.

Claiming that dice permits were issued on October 5 last, but  it is being played till today after Durga puja festivities, ATYO  said playing of dice for longer period may create law and order problem.  Saying that during Dipawali too, administration should issue permit for very limited period of time, the  ATYO drew the attention of  senior citizens, and prominent organizations of the district to  take up the issue with appropriate authority.  


Advocacy meeting on AIDS prevention

ITANAGAR, Oct 16: Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS) organized a one day advocacy meeting on prevention of HIV/AIDS with officers and Jail wardens of Central Jail Jully today.

Resource person of the advocacy, Dr. Moli Basar, MQ, ARTC, ASH gave the basic information about HIV/AIDS, including the different modes of HIV/AIDS transmission, their preventive measures and impact on society.

Highlighting the current HIV/AIDS scenario of state, he suggested the participants to spread the knowledge of HIV to their friends and family as only knowledge is the only vaccination in stopping spread of HIV/AIDS.

He also informed about the facilities provided by the Government for prevention activities and treatment of the infected person.

The programme ended with promise by participants to spread the knowledge to their friends and society and help APSACS to make zero new infection.

The programme was attended by the Assistant Jailer,  officers and more than 30 wardens.


House gutted

ITANAGAR, Oct 16: The house of one Tarh Sikap at Papu Nallah here was gutted in a fire accident that broke out around 11.30 pm on October 12.

Informing that the fire also burned down Sikap’s properties and documents, the All Naharlagun Youth Welfare Association has urged the state government to provide immediate relief to the victim, who is the association’s chief auditor.


News Impact

Tuki exhorts forest officials to work for increasing state’s forest cover

ITANAGAR, Oct 16: Reiterating his Government’s commitment to increase the state’s forest cover from the existing 82 percent to 90 percent, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today called upon the senior forest officers to shoulder the responsibility of increasing the forest cover with more zeal and vigour so that the target set by the government is achieved in few years from now.

“My government is committed to increase it by 90 per cent by controlling shifting cultivation, encroachment of forest, arresting forest fire, grazing and illegal removal of forest produce besides developing very dense area by way of undertaking plantation through development schemes of TFC, CAMPA, SFDA, National Bamboo Mission, etc,” Tuki said while addressing the senior forest officers meeting here today.  “The percentage of forest cover of the state which stands at 82 per cent since a decade or so needs fluctuation. We cannot sit idly and boast of this percentage which we have been doing for long,” Tuki said.

Arunachal Pradesh has 2.5% geographical area of India but occupies significant place among 18 bio-diversity hotspots of the world. Though recorded forest area is 61.5% but its forest cover is 82%.

He suggested for urban forestry, including road side and avenue plantation besides plantation in residential and non-residential complexes, especially in Itanagar and other major town areas of the state for making environment better.

Arunachal Pradesh State Action Plan on Climate Change has already been approved by Ministry of Environment & Forest costing of Rs. 6500 Cr for activities under different mission related to various departments like forest, agriculture, animal husbandry, horticulture, urban development, water resources and health, Tuki said, adding that financial resources will be explored through synergy and convergence of different schemes of departments besides approaching Planning Commission as well as Ministry of Environment & Forest.

He said that Arunachal has great potential for non-timber forest products especially Bamboos (65 species), Canes (18 Species), Orchids (600 species) and Medicinal Plants (more than 500 species).

“Efforts are required for quantification of the same in wild and simultaneously for development of their cultivation practices so that road of their commercial aspects/ marketing could be drawn which would be the base for sustenance of livelihood of local people,” Tuki said.

Expressing concern over delay in forest and environment clearances against various hydro-power projects in the state, Tuki requested the officers to expedite the diversion proposals for forest clearance and take all such proposals on priority.

“Due to delay in forest and environment clearances, the projects are overrunning the schedule date of commissioning which is again affecting the state with heavy revenue loss.”

He also urged the forest officials to strengthen all forest check gates by posting staff on rotational basis and plug interstate, international boundaries and inland water routes to check illegal operation of forest resources and avoid revenue leakage. Informing that the State government has approved the formation of Forest Protection Force, Tuki said that the process of its recruitment should be expedited to deploy this force in controlling smuggling, illegal trafficking of forest and wild life products.

He also informed that the process for establishment of Ecological Task Force for development of forests in remote and vulnerable border areas has been started.

“The department should make effort to bring more area under community conservation reserve. Data base of bio-diversity available, bio-diversity committees, record of traditional knowledge and practices, bio-diversity registers should be updated in time frame by department. Under Project Tiger, the Tiger Protection Force has already been approved by Government of India in Pakke where mixed force of local people and ex-Army personnel should be encouraged,” he said.

Working plan and working scheme of all range forestries and maximum USF areas and management plan of all sanctuaries and National Parks need to be prepared for getting full advantage of central scheme/ grant like TFC.

He also asked the department to look into human resource development, capacity building and exposure of field staff to modern technology for all round development.

“Emphasis has been given time and again for publicity and awareness programme for public through NGOs and Institutions. Befitting scheme of creating of eco-club, green corps need to be developed in schools and colleges besides introduction of environment related chapter in school syllabus. Incentive schemes for protection and conservation of forests and wildlife among children should be planned and developed by the department,“ Tuki added.



4 persons arrested in abduction case

NAHARLAGUN, Oct 16: Four persons from Bangalmara Miri Gaon, Assam were arrested yesterday night in connection with abduction of one Nora Tapik who was kidnapped on October 14 from Harmutty along with the Tata Sumo that he was driving bearing registration no. AR-01D-0608.

Nora along with the Tata Sumo have also been rescued by the police.

The kidnappers have been identified as Rohit Morang (22), Santanu Morang (21), Dipjyoti Morang (23) and Tapon Morang (19) who had demanded Rs 10 lakhs for  release of the owner of the vehicle were produced before the magistrate and have been remanded to 14 days judicial custody.

As informed by Naharlagun SDPO J Basar, on the receipt of an FIR about the kidnapping of Tata Sumo along with driver Nor Tapik, 38, of Ziro-II area from Harmuti, a police team led by him, OC inspector Lijum Bagra, SI D Bagra, constables C T Pangyok, Tashi Tsering, P Angu and T Dari, Banderdewa PS OC Krishnendu Dev, assisted by Laluk PS OC SI N C Biswas launched a coordinated search operation by 3.30 pm same day and left for Laluk in Tempo in plain clothes.

The kidnappers had instructed the owner of Tata Sumo K Laji to come with the ransom amount to take a particular route, Bangalmara Miri Gaon under Laluk police station in Assam where the hostage was kept.



Mangnang Primary School crying for teachers’ quarter  


RUKSIN, Oct 16: The only primary school at Mangnang village under Sille-Oyan circle in Education Minister’s home district is running without building, teachers’ quarter and other necessary infrastructure, which is causing concern among the School Management Committee (SMC) members and local panchayat leaders.

Established in 1967, the lone school of the village was upgraded to Upper Primary level last year. Education Minister Bosiram Siram formally inaugurated the upgraded school during early April this year in presence of West-Pasighat MLA Tangor Tapak.

Newly elected ASM of Mangnang Oni Ering lamented that the authority has not yet developed necessary infrastructure of the Upper Primary school despite repeated pleas. Construction of teacher’s residential quarter in the school campus has been a long pending demand of the local villagers, which is reportedly unheard by the authority.

The ruined and only teachers’ quarter constructed four decades ago is lying abandoned for want of maintenance (see picture).

Director of School Education (DSO) T Taloh, who visited the school Tuesday to take stock of the condition, has assured to look into the various problems of the school for smooth functioning. The director also met the SMC members and local leaders and suggested them to take up any problem in the educational institutions with the department. The Upper Primary school has more than 70 students and five teachers.

The teachers are facing great problem in discharging duties as there is no quarter for them to stay near the school.

The SMC chairman Anyut Takoh, though a memorandum pleaded the DSO for posting of sufficient teachers and to provide necessary equipments.



Former student leader Tabin Taki dies

ITANAGAR, Oct 16: Former AAPSU president and prominent leader of 35- Pangin Constituency Tabin Taki passed away at Christian Medical College, Vellore Wednesday morning after prolonged illness.

He is survived by his wife, four sons and three daughters.

Born on February 22, 1963 at Komsing Village under Rebo-Perging Circle in East Siang district, Taki did his graduation from prestigious JNC, Pasighat in 1985.

During his student days, he was elected as the general secretary of AAPSU for two consecutive terms from 1983 to 87 and later he was elected as president in 1987.

He also served in various parties in the capacity of BCCI secretary (1996-99), general secretary, DCCI (2000-2003), BCCI president (2003-06). Presently, he was serving as BJP mandal president of Pangin Constituency.

Taki also contested unsuccessfully in MLA elections in 1989 and 1995 on Janatal Dal ticket. His body will be flown back tomorrow from Bangalore and last rite would be performed on the same day at his native village Pangin.

Meanwhile, Industries Minister Tapang Taloh and State BJP have condoled the demise of Taki.

“He was one of the most popular student leaders of the state of his time who later joined mainstream politics.  He contested twice from 35-Pangin (ST) Assembly Constituency for MLA. His demise is a great loss to the Adi community and state as a whole,” Taloh said.

BJP in its condolence message stated, Late Taki was known for his open heartedness and supportive nature. He was an inspiration for the youth of the state in various matters and earned himself a healthy rapport with the various communities of the state by virtue of his assertive and positive principles. He was a youth Icon and gave aggressive and logistic leadership to AAPSU in the early eighties when he led AAPSU as the President and also as General Secretary.



First level of EVM randomization done

ROING, Oct 16: The first level of online EVM Randomization for 42nd Dambuk Assembly Constituency Bye-Election was done at National Information Centre today.

Out of 90 EVMs, 73 Control Units were randomly selected by the computer of which 56 EVMs were selected for 28 polling stations, two in each polling station, 9 EVMs for Training and Awareness purpose and 8 Control Units as reserved.

District Informatic Officer, Yagru Linggi carried out the randomization process while Rakesh Tacho, CO (Election) highlighted about the aims and objectives and process of EVM randomization in presence of Ashok Kumar, General Observer, Shiv Kumar, DEO cum RO, Sandeep Kr Singh, AC cum ARO,  among other officers & officials and representative of political party. Meanwhile, Shiv Kumar, District Magistrate has issued an order regarding restrictions on use of loudspeakers for poll campaigning for adherence by the political parties and candidates. The order said that the loudspeakers on vehicles or for meetings can be used between 6.00 AM to 10 PM only, Permission must be obtained from Returning Officer/Assistant Returning Officer for use of loudspeakers, in case of loudspeaker on vehicles, permit issued by Govt. authority shall indicate registration number/identification number of vehicle, vehicles used without written permission is liable to be confiscated  with all equipments and all the details have to be mentioned in the expenditure register, it added. Violation of the order shall be tantamount to violation of Model Code of Conduct, it says. DIPRO



Women celebrate Nyirmen Alo with gaiety

AALO Oct, 16: The Nyirmen Aalo, popularly known as the Galo Women’s Day was celebrated with much fanfare and gaiety at Gumin Kiin on October 16 last.

Attending the programme West Siang DDSE Tomi Doke said that the day assumes special significance for our womenfolk as it opens up time of rejoicings for women after drudgery of cultivation and domestic engagements. Religion and culture are different identities and our culture which has traversed a long way to give us a distinct identity and promotes values in our society should be kept intact to guide us. The richness of our culture lies in the fact that it continues to emit vista of values even in the absence of written literature and what we get to know are orally transmitted. Tracing of genealogy from our forefather, Abotani and know our own generation is unique part of our culture unparalleled in any part of the world and onus now lies on the green shoulders of the youth and intellectuals our society to take the lead to protect and promote it.

Tumpak Ete, renowned writer on Galo folklores and social crusader in West Siang dwelt elaborately on the significance of the day and said that the day can be hailed as Women Emancipation Day. Stressing on the need for education among the girl child, he said, If you educate a boy you are educating an individual and if you educate a girl you are educating a family. Doi Ado, former Minister said that we are not different to ancient Indian society where women have been held in high esteem and women of our society should come together to make the day more vibrant to propagate it further through wide range of activities.

Pakjum Ete, President DPDTC said, Kabo Yabo (congregation of benevolent Gods) lived together as a single family at a place called Kargu. Over the passage of time, population expanded and Kabo Yabo sent the Nyirmen as Emissary to locate a bigger place for settlement and in his whirl wind search in the universe Nyirmen Chose Teri Jimi, the Mother Earth. Anyi Pinku Pinte was the first to shift along with Peka, Togu, Modd, Hurin Ampir, Yullo etc. So Nyirmen has to be appeased first as per the hierarchy before the onset of other festivals of Galo Faiths and Lubo Polo (month of October) the first month of Galo Lunar calendar hasten Ai- Agam (sacred pooja). By the time our people are in relaxed mood after harvest and collection of Iku-iip (Tangy Bamboo Shoots) and the air is scented by the flowers of Endo Kado & Jajum Jayo, Perko Dolo, Mamo Tako (migrating birds), Hippo Tagi, the insect dance in the horizon and soothe the waiting ear signaling the celebration of Nyirmen. Village women and grown up girls come up with dresses of men like Rai Bolup, Bali, BipinTakker, sword and wrest the dance initiative with gay abandon as men folk do making fun and mockery of men. The Day relates the fact that the women in our ancient tribal society were emancipated early and had the initiative and idealism in them to be held in high esteem. DIPRO



Quiz Competition on Environmental Awareness Organized

AALO, Oct 16: A Quiz Competition on Environmental Awareness for students of Secondary and Higher Secondary schools of the Aalo town was organized by the Gomar Foundation in collaboration with Along Forest Division, at  Govt. Higher Secondary School, Aalo October 13 last. It comprised of two categories:  Senior category (IX-XII) and Junior category (V-VIII).

30 students representing various schools took part in the competition. The parents and guardians of the participants appreciated the efforts put-in by the Gomar Foundation and Along Forest Division for such a noble work.

Attending the program, Nyali Ete, the Divisional Forest Officer, Aalo advised the participants to inculcate the essence of conservation in their respective lives for healthy environment and healthy living. Recollecting his life during training in IGNFA, he quoted his erstwhile Director of the Academy, Dr. R. D. Jakati, "A small self-denial will go a long way in curbing the global climate change."

As a part of the Arunachal Pradesh Environmental Awareness Campaign, under the State CAMPA for the year 2012-13, the Quiz Competition was a part of the series of activities to be organized by the Foundation.

The Campaign will culminate with the distribution of prizes for the winners of both the quiz and the debate competitions, and distribution of dustbins to various schools/colleges on  November 30. DIPRO

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Itafort needs Govt attention

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention towards the Western gate Itafort Museum. On my summer vacation of our college, I used to visit Itafort museum of western gate, Bank Tinali Itanagar. I had seen that Itafort of western gate laying same as  before; there was no change, I expected some new look for boundary wall of Itafort western gate, because it is directly visible from main road and it draws the attention of visitor and tourist.

There is no maintenance at all. There is no renovation at all. That time I was asking one of the staff of museum, why you people are not maintaining the  building? Then he replies that “Our government has not provided fund for renovation and maintenance of the building.”

This Itaford is telling many things without saying anything about our capital. I think every archeological site is very precious for society as well as for government also because it has main tourist attraction of our state.

Lastly I request our government of Arunachal Pradesh kindly provide them sufficient fund for preservation and maintenance of the Museum. It is my earnest request to citizen of capital complex “Save Itafort and Save Itanagar” because Itafort is proud of Capital Complex.         


Tage Tajung

Media Student of ITFT College, Chandigarh



Register strong protest against stapled visa

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your Readers Form, I would like to express my sentiment regarding issue of stapled visa to two young archers from Arunachal Pradesh by Chinese Embassy from New Delhi resulted preventing them to enter China, which  appeared on various national News Channels as well as on local news papers

This is not a new issue. Chinese Govt. has been doing it since several years. Politicians, bureaucratic, sports persons and people belongs to Arunachal Pradesh have been barred from entering China with stapled visa earlier. Ever since politically, socially, culturally and demographically Arunachal  Pradesh is an integral part of India which we knew it. But, in

contradiction,   Chinese  govt. never treated Arunachal as an integral part  under Union Govt. of India nor  a disputed land, rather claiming Arunachal Pradesh as south China under their nation again and again.  But  the  state as well as Union Govt. treat it as TIME PASS objections raised by Chinse Govt. at International forum.

As a result, repeated incursions are taking place at various point of international Border in Arunachal. There is nothing serious, neither from the union Govt. nor from State about the issue since stapled Visas were started  issuing  to Arunachalee.

The Union Govt. have been informed by the Chinese  counterpart that people from Arunachal & Jammu & Kashmir can enter China without visa as they are Chinese national! This much of indication were quite enough for Govt. of Arunachal as well as Govt. of India about the devil intention of China over Arunachal Pradesh issue.

The stapled visa is not a new issue to both the young archers. This issue could have been solved many years ago at the initial stage  when it occurred.

Alas, who will bother about us? Of course, we have three MP’s from our state  to represent Arunachalees  and to raise voice  in highest forum of our country for the causes of Arunachal Pradesh, but we were dumped, reasons best known to them. Do you ever seen them presenting this issue at both the  House  of  Parliament?  Your answer would be “No”.

Moreover, our Ministers and MLAs spend  70%  of their five year tenure at New Delhi. Had  their stay at New Delhi brought only result of stapled Visa  against own people? When your to & fro, food & lodging  in luxurious suite along with your kits & kin expenditure are being born from the State Exchequer, please do something for your  own people as well.

 Hence, in order to represent ourselves with dignity  under a particular nation a strong protest movement  have to be lunch now. How long we shall be treated as people of “Disputed Land,” with no particular nation.

I think it is appropriate time to tender mass resignation to the Govt.of India  by our MP  trio in protest against  step-motherly treatment of  our people in the line how three Union Cabinet Ministers  & four  MPs of Congress from Andhra Pradesh resigned from Manmohan Singh  cabinet in protest against Telengana issue.

The present Congress Govt. in the state also needs to lead & launch strong protest against the issue irrespective of political color.

Now ‘who will save us? Who are the people whom we have to depend? If China takes our land, where we shall go? You may say that China can not take our land, is everyone’s perception, but they want to punish us mentally and statically under so called “Disputed land people.”

It is high time for every Arunachalee including NGOs  and state Govt to organize a  dharna in front of Parliament House at New Delhi protesting against issue of Stapled Visas by the Chinese embassy.


Ramon Sangha  

Rakap Colony




Stapled Visa and Arunachal Pradesh

Dear Editor,

It’s really a matter of great concern that, till today the issue of Stapled visa is not resolved. I feel humiliated, as the GOI is not taking the issue seriously. This is definitely an emotional issue. We can only hope the present Union Minister Ninong Ering can take up this matter with PM and as advised by former MP K Rijiju, the matter should be resolved at summit level or at bilateral talks between India  and China.

Arunachal had never been a part of China as many historians had proved it  several times. So, the GOI should resolve the matter immediately.

I certainly hope the Political leaders of Arunachal along with all Political leaders of North East should raise this issue seriously with GOI. The sooner the better.


M M Borgohain








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Human trafficking

Although human trafficking is recognized as modern-day slavery, many victims of the scourge in the Greater Mekong Sub-region of South-East Asia are not given adequate help for reintegration into their communities, according to a United Nations-backed report.

While estimates of the number of trafficked persons vary considerably, it is widely agreed that those reached and assisted is a small fraction of the total. The Mekong region compared to many other parts of the world, contains very diverse patterns of human trafficking - internal and cross-border; highly organized or small-scale; sex and labour, through both formal and informal recruitment mechanisms.

Examples range from men, women, children and families trafficked into Thailand from Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia for forced prostitution, domestic servitude, or forced labour in sweatshops, fishing boats, construction sites, plantations, or farms Vietnamese girls and young women trafficked for sexual exploitation and virginity selling in Cambodia.

Children from Cambodian or Myanmar border areas and rural Vietnam or China are trafficked to beg or sell flowers on the streets of larger cities, while women and girls from Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam are increasingly being found in forced prostitution or domestic servitude in Malaysia. Trafficked Thai women are also found in the sex trade in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Africa, the Middle East, the United States and Western Europe.

Researchers travelled throughout the region to conduct in-depth interviews with over 250 survivors of trafficking, collecting their stories and experiences to give victims a voice as they overcome the horror of their experiences and piece their lives back together.

The report found that that too few trafficked persons receive what could be reasonably termed comprehensive care. Others decline assistance, sometimes in the face of acute need, because it does not meet their needs or mesh with their life situation after trafficking. Still others receive assistance in programmes where the quality and scope are inadequate. Issues of discrimination, maltreatment and substandard care are also present.