INTERPOL human trafficking workshop aims to boost regional efforts in Arab countries

INTERPOL on May 21, 2012 released the following:

“TUNIS, Tunisia – An operational workshop focusing on best practices for identifying victims of human trafficking in ongoing cases was held in Tunis as part of the INTERPOL Regional Programme on Trafficking in Human Beings in the Arab Region.

Co-organized with the Naif Arab University for Security Sciences in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and held at the Arab Interior Ministerial Council, the five-day workshop (6-10 May) was the second phase of the ongoing programme to tackle human trafficking in the region. It brought together more than 30 investigators from 13 Arab countries.

The workshop reviewed issues related to organ trafficking and included an awareness-raising session on the use of INTERPOL’s databases in relation to human trafficking investigations, especially the Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database.

“This unique INTERPOL initiative against human trafficking in the region will bring us strengthened cooperation engagements among investigators and support for conducting joint investigations, ” said INTERPOL Coordinator of Human Trafficking and People Smuggling, Hakan Erdal.

The main objective of the INTERPOL Regional Programme on Trafficking in Human Beings is to strengthen law enforcement cooperation in the fields of trafficking in human beings, people smuggling and illegal migration by sharing best practices and knowledge. The operational workshop followed a regional training session held in January in Saudi Arabia. The third and final phase of the initiative will consist of a regional conference in Jordan in July.

A cooperation agreement on the provision of law enforcement training for countries in the region and beyond in specialist areas including trafficking in human beings as well as drugs and organized crime was signed between INTERPOL’s Capacity Building and Training Unit and Naif University in June 2011.”

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