The government plans to set up the first national mechanism for combating trafficking to protect women and children from forced labor and prostitution.
The joint effort by 21 ministries - including the ministries of public security, labor and social security, education and supervision - aims to provide sustainable and long-term solutions to human trafficking.
It will be led by a leading group reporting directly to the State Council, Yin Jianzhong, a senior official of the anti-human trafficking office of the Ministry of Public Security, said.
Meanwhile, the National Plan of Action on Anti-trafficking of Women and Children (2008-12), which is being drafted, will be unveiled by the end of this year, Yin said.
The highlight of the policy is to shift the focus from crackdown, rescue and recovery to prevention, Yin said.
Kathleen Speake, chief technical advisor to the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) Project to Prevent Trafficking in Girls & Young Women within China, said: "Trafficking in persons is complex and a global concern. It is often associated with periods of mass migration, such as we are seeing in China.
"It is encouraging that the Chinese government is looking at this issue from