The United States is working closely with countries in Southeast Asia on mechanism to end human trafficking in the region, said President Barack Obama.
Describing human trafficking as a critical problem, Obama said Washington took up the matter seriously with dedicated agencies back home to solve the problem.
He added that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, involving 12 countries, including Malaysia also touched on the importance of advancing human rights.
The president said this before leaving Malaysia after attending the 3rd Asean-US Summit as well as the 10th East Asia Summit on the sidelines of the 27th Asean Summit hosted by Malaysia.
Obama, who was in the city for three days since Friday, said the requirements on human rights underlined in the TPP were to ensure that prospective partners put in place measures to prevent activities linked to human trafficking. Read more