Sex trafficking in Brunei

Sex trafficking in Brunei is human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation and slavery that occurs in the country.[1]

Citizen and foreign victims are sex trafficked into and out of the districts of Brunei. They are raped and physically and psychologically harmed in locations within these administrative divisions.

Brunei citizens, primarily women and girls, have been sex trafficked within the country and to other countries in Asia. Foreign victims are sex trafficked into the country.[2][3][4] Children,[3] persons in poverty, and migrants are particularly vulnerable to sex trafficking. Victims are deceived,[4] threatened,[4] and or forced into prostitution. They suffer from physically and psychologically trauma and are typically guarded and or locked up in poor conditions. A number contract sexually transmitted diseases from rapes. Victims’ family members are also threatened[4] so that the authorities are not alerted.

Male and female traffickers Brunei come from all social and economic classes.[3] Traffickers are often members of or facilitated by crime syndicates and gangs. Some perpetrators are the victims’ family members.[3]

The government of Brunei has been criticized for its inadequate anti-sex trafficking initiatives. Some officials have been complicit in sex trafficking.[2]

Anti-sex trafficking organizationsEdit

YAS Brunei, a Bruneian youth initiative that is a product of Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, fights sex trafficking in the country.


  1. ^ "Brunei intensifying efforts to better detect human trafficking cases". Asia News. August 27, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "2019 Trafficking in Persons Report: Brunei". U.S. Department of State. 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "Three Thais jailed, face caning for forcing a 17-year-old girl into prostitution in Brunei". The Nation Thailand. April 7, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "Society has key role in fighting human trafficking". Borneo Bulletin. August 25, 2018. Archived from the original on August 25, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2020.