Protection of child rights in the ASEAN justice system in response to trafficking in persons

Children are amongst the most vulnerable group to be trafficked, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated their exposure to severe exploitation due to school closures and increased economic hardship. Children who come into contact with the justice system or support service agencies, either as victims, witnesses, suspected offenders, on arrest, during trial, or in detention, are often in a vulnerable position, unaware of their rights or unable to enforce them.

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