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Students unite to combat human trafficking

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Article from Vientiane Times
Author: Time Reporters
Published: 20/05/2009
Newspaper section: International Cooperation

Students from Xepon and Phonsavanh Secondary Schools in Savannakhet province last week learned about ways to combat human trafficking.

A workshop, entitled 'Unity against Trafficking of People', was organised by students from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the National University of Laos, said the coordinator, Ms Somsanouk Keobounsan.

She said the main objective was to raise public awareness amongst teenagers about the dangers and risks posed by human trafficking.

The activity provided an opportunity for students to demonstrate their abilities to contribute to the government's effort in the fight against human trafficking.

The event contributed to the nationwide campaign to increase public awareness about the issue and how to avoid becoming a victim of trafficking.

The workshop involved the dissemination of information about safe migration and human trafficking to students and people in remote areas, as well as strengthening unity, exchanging ideas and knowledge between students and teachers at the schools, said Ms Somsanouk.

She said the university students also presented sports equipment and education materials to students at the secondary schools.

The workshop gave the university students an opportunity to participate in the government's effort to combat human trafficking and allowed them to gain a deeper understanding of human trafficking and its impact, said Ms Somsanouk.