Zambian Law Enforcement Officers Train to Implement Counter Trafficking Law

Posted: 
02/09/12

IOM has conducted a training of trainers (ToT) for law enforcement
officers in Zambia, using a newly developed handbook on the
country's 2008 Anti-Human Trafficking Act.

The five-day training, held at the National Police Training
College in the capital Lusaka was designed to provide participants
with the necessary skills to train other law enforcement officers
on how to implement Zambia's anti-human trafficking law.

The course focused on the need for sensitivity in dealing with
victims of human trafficking. Eighteen law enforcement officers
from the Zambia Police, the Department of Immigration and the
Ministry of Home Affairs Research and Planning Unit (HARID) and
various government departments attended.

The training handbook was developed by IOM in close coordination
with the Law Enforcement Expert Group, composed of law enforcement
officers from the Zambian Ministry of Home Affairs and other
relevant institutions, brought together specifically for this
purpose.

'Although the enactment of the 2008 anti-trafficking law was a
great achievement for Zambia, its implementation has been
challenging. IOM is committed to supporting the government in the
implementation of the law and both the handbook and the training is
designed to do just that,' said IOM Zambia Chief of Mission Andrew
Choga.

The handbook includes chapters on the definition of trafficking
in persons, victim identification and treatment, human trafficking
investigation, as well as case studies and practical exercises.

The trained officers will in turn train 100 additional officers
across the country, with support from IOM. IOM is in the process of
developing a similar handbook for prosecutors, as a complement to
the law enforcement handbook and training.

According to the US State Department's 2011 Trafficking in
Persons Report, Zambia is a source, transit and destination country
for men, women, and children subjected to forced labour and sex
trafficking.

Zambia enacted its first anti human trafficking legislation in
2008 and has since demonstrated increased anti- trafficking law
enforcement efforts by convicting a trafficking offender and by
investigating and prosecuting additional suspected trafficking
cases.

For further information, please contact:

Bertha Kalyodha Nguvulu

IOM Zambia

Tel: + 260 (0) 211 254 055

E-mail: "mailto:bnguvulu@iom.int">bnguvulu@iom.int