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Human trafficking still a big issue in Fiji - Raj

Human trafficking still a big issue in Fiji - Raj

By Shanil Singh
Sunday 13/12/2020
Human Rights and Anti Discrimination Director Ashwin Raj.

The Director of Fiji Human Rights and Anti Discrimination Commission, Ashwin Raj says human trafficking is a huge problem that they deal with and is something which is largely undocumented and people don't want to talk about it.

Raj says in 2016, they dealt with a case where passports of a number of Filipino workers in the industrial sector was confiscated for two years by the employer.

He says the Commission worked quickly to ensure passports were returned and the workers could return home.

Raj says this case was only brought to their attention when a workerโ€™s wife was dying of cancer and he could not go back.

Raj says recently they dealt with Indian nationals in the private sector who were being exploited.

He says they are working closely with the Anti Human Trafficking Unit of the Fiji Police Force, Department of Immigration and the Ministry of Employment.

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