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Sierra Leone News: IOM ends human trafficking engagement

Training participants

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children Affairs on Friday 29 March 2019, concluded a five-day training session for members of the National Task Force on Human Trafficking at the Makama Lodge in Makeni. The training, which started on the 26 February 2019, was funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) of the US Department of State brought together over 40 participants from civil society organisations, the media, social workers and other key players. The participants were schooled on topics in relation to the protection of victims of trafficking. Key amongst the topics had to do with the national trend and patterns in trafficking, task force approaches in combating human trafficking, national action plans against trafficking in persons, victim-centered approaches in combating human trafficking and how the media should report on trafficking and the responses of interviewees from interview that has to do with trafficking. According to one of the facilitators, Mamound Keita, the victim centred approach in combating human trafficking has to deal with four approaches, which are prevention, prosecution, protection and partnership. He added that partnership is one of the key approaches to tackle such a menace, which has a very strong network. He underscored that with effective collaboration a lot of gains can be made towards combating such an act. Commenting on the national trend and patterns in trafficking persons, another facilitator, the Database Manager from the Transnational Organised Crime Unit (TOCU), Inspector Abdulai Kargbo, noted that it involved the scale of trafficking persons, form of trafficking, categories of persons and the pushing and pulling factors. He furthered, “any person can identify victim of trafficking, as long as the individual has the necessary knowledge and skill on the said issue.”

MJB/30/3/19

By Mohamed J. Bah

Monday April 01, 2019

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