Police get training to counter human traficking

IOM Zambia is conducting a training of trainers for law enforcement instructors at the Lilayi Police Training College in Lusaka, Zambia.

The five-day training, which concludes today, aims to provide officers with the necessary skills to train others on the practical implementation of the law to fight human trafficking.

In his welcome remarks, Rodney Mukuka, Officer in Charge of Law and Police Duties at Lilayi Police Training College, noted that, “this training could not have come at a better time, as suspected cases of human trafficking are on the rise and it is essential that officers know how to deal with such cases”.

Following the initial training, IOM will assist in finalising a comprehensive curriculum to be used by immigration and police training officers in conducting counter-trafficking trainings for new recruits and existing officers.

The curriculum includes case studies and practical exercises, taking into account lessons learnt since the new law has gone into effect, to produce a relevant and user friendly training aide which will help law enforcement agencies to adequately respond to human trafficking in Zambia.

According to Andrew Choga, IOM Zambia’s Chief of Mission, “Zambia is a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking. The Government has recently noted an increase in the number of trafficked persons from the Horn of Africa being intercepted in the country – usually on their way to South Africa. IOM Zambia is working closely with the Ministry of Home Affairs to assist them to respond to this worrying trend”.

In December 2008, Zambia passed its first anti-trafficking legislation. However, little formal training has been undertaken until now to help the police implement the law. Funding for this project was provided by the Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

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