Need for safe houses in PNG

PORT MORESBY – Victims of human trafficking who are illegally brought into Papua New Guinea do not have a long-term safe house which they can be kept in while awaiting their case in court.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says it does not have a separate facility to accommodate and act as a safe house for these victims but it is using current facilities like those of the family and sexual violence unit.

Several Meri Seif houses across the city are also used to accommodate these victims but they are only kept for up to two weeks, which is now a challenge trafficking victims face.

This issue was raised during the three-day workshop facilitated by IOM and the Department of Justice and Attorney-General, or DJAG. This workshop ends today.

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