The Working Group on Trafficking in Persons is co-chaired by Australia and Indonesia and reports annually to the Bali Process Ad Hoc Group. It brings together a network of experts on trafficking in persons from the sixteen states and three international organisations that form the Ad Hoc Group membership.
The Working Group on Trafficking in Persons provides a mechanism for Bali Process members to share information, best practice and emerging trends, and identify opportunities for international cooperation and capacity building in responding to trafficking in persons.
Establishment of the Working Group on Trafficking in Persons was an outcome of the Fifth Bali Process Ministerial Conference, held on 2 April 2013. Terms of reference for the Working Group were endorsed at the Eighth Bali Process Ad Hoc Group Senior Officials Meeting in August 2014.
The Working Group on Trafficking in Persons released its two year proposed forward work plan in 2022 which outlined 5 high-level objectives, including:
- enhancing information sharing on trends, issues, and initiatives related to trafficking in persons and related forms of exploitation
- building the capacity of Bali Process members to develop and implement strong legal and policy frameworks to combat trafficking in persons and related forms of exploitation, in line with international standards
- promoting and fostering practical cooperation between Bali Process members to combat trafficking in persons and related forms of exploitation across international borders
- strengthening collaboration with other multilateral and regional organisations and forums working to address trafficking in persons and related forms of exploitation, and
- strengthening engagement with the private sector and civil society organisations, including by supporting the Bali Process Government and Business Forum