The CIA’s official brief on PNG, from its World Factbook (link to it here), offers some reasons why she may have wanted to put this matter on the agenda, which I canvass below.
In doing so, I muse whether anyone in DFAT thought of raising these shocking facts at last year’s South Pacific Forum.
With the next Forum to be held in
So to the World Factbook, which points to a number of debilitating problems plaguing PNG.
The CIA says that PNG relies on
As PNG Attitude has revealed recently, the cross Torres Strait traffic
The CIA’s analysis is that PNG is
a country of destination for women and children from
The CIA says PNG is not making significant efforts to comply with minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. Further, that its legal framework does not effectively deal with trafficking, that it lacks victim protection services, that it has no systematic procedure to identify victims of trafficking and that (in 2007 anyway) the government did not prosecute anyone for trafficking. PNG has also not ratified the 2000 UN trafficking protocol.
The CIA indicates PNG as a major consumer of cannabis.
Note to Kevin and Michael: You’ve got to do much better on this.