U.S. Ambassador-at-Large John Richmond Visits HK to Discuss Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons John Cotton Richmond visited Hong Kong from November 13-17 to meet with diverse stakeholders in the Special Administrative Region’s fight against human trafficking.

During his visit, Ambassador Richmond met with a range of Hong Kong Government officials, including Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung and Hong Kong’s Inter-departmental TIP Working Group . Chief Secretary Cheung serves as Chairman of the Steering Committee to Tackle Trafficking in Persons and to Enhance Protection of Foreign Domestic Helpers. Other meetings included NGOs active on combating human trafficking as well as foreign consulates with large numbers of foreign workers in Hong Kong. During these meetings, Ambassador Richmond encouraged the Hong Kong Government to enact comprehensive anti-trafficking legislation. He also encouraged Hong Kong to further implement policies included in the “Action Plan to Tackle Trafficking in Persons and to Enhance Protection of Foreign Domestic Helpers in Hong Kong.” Ambassador Richmond urged Hong Kong to continue to build the capacity of the Employment Agency Administration (EAA) and to proactively review the operations of employment agencies. He also encouraged the Hong Kong Government to expand its collaboration with NGOs and civil society organizations dedicated to combating human trafficking.

Ambassador Richmond leads the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons the focal point of the Department’s global efforts to combat modern slavery through the prosecution of traffickers, the protection of victims, and the prevention of human trafficking.

The United States looks forward to continued close cooperation with Hong Kong on combatting trafficking in persons.