IOM Trains Papua New Guineans to Combat Human Trafficking

Posted on Tue, Apr-03-2012
IOM and the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Department of Justice & Attorney General (DJAG) have completed a counter-trafficking training programme for some 200 law enforcement officers, civil servants and NGO workers.

The two-week training was conducted in the four border regions of West Sepik Province, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, the National Capital District and the Western Province, through February and March.

"The training, which is part of a broader two-year counter-trafficking project funded by the US State Department, was designed to help participants to better understand, detect and act upon cases of human trafficking in PNG," says IOM Papua New Guinea Chief of Mission Giuseppe Crocetti.

"It included theory and best practices and addressed the relevant legislative frameworks, including the implications of the newly drafted People Smuggling and Trafficking in Persons Bill," added DJAG Senior Legal Officer Josephine Advent.

The Bill, which was endorsed by the National Executive Counsel (NEC) on 5th October 2011, is expected to be presented to Parliament soon.

IOM also launched a mass information campaign this week to raise awareness of human trafficking in all the targeted provinces. It will run over the next six months and will include a toll-free counter-trafficking hotline.

The training and mass information campaign followed an assessment carried out by IOM and DJAG which found a need for greater public awareness of human trafficking in PNG, as well as a need for capacity building in agencies responsible for combating the problem and providing victim support.

For more information, please contact:

Giuseppe Crocetti
IOM Port Moresby
Tel: +675.321.3655