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PNG Police undergo Training to combat human trafficking

People in six provinces in Papua New Guinea can now be able to identify cases of human trafficking within their communities and make the appropriate referrals to assist a victim and bring an offender to justice.

This is following a series of trainings for police officers, government officers and non-government agencies on “Combating Trafficking in Persons and Victim Referral Pathways” in PNG that was successfully completed recently.

Secretary for Justice and Attorney-General Dr Lawrence Kalinoe said that when the department came into partnership with International Organisation for Migration to initiate the PNG counter-trafficking in persons’ project in 2010, there was no firm government response to combating Human Trafficking.

“Stakeholder agencies that form the national human trafficking committee have been working tirelessly to raise awareness on the issues, assist with cases and co-ordinate with implementing agencies to ensure effective implementation of the trafficking in persons provisions in the Criminal Code.

“We now recognise the importance of such trainings, and the need for government and law enforcement personnel to understand the topics at hand,” Kalinoe said.

Justice and Attorney-General, in its partnership with IOM and Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee, were grateful for the funding support from the European Union (EU) to have this series of trainings completed. The trainings exercises were conducted between February to October in Morobe, West Sepik, Madang, Milne Bay, West New Britain and Eastern Highlands provinces.

The trainings were carried out in target provinces which were selected after consultations with stakeholders at both the government and non-governmental level owing to the presence of land and sea borders and industries where potential exploitation could occur.

IOM’s chief of mission Lance Bonneau, said such trainings were critical in building a common understanding of various trafficking crime types; and strengthening coordination in responding to suspected cases of exploitation, so that victims can be rescued and criminals brought to justice.

DJAG and IOM partnered with the FSVAC specifically to raise awareness about the referral networks present in each of the provinces for responding to potential victims of trafficking, as well as other responses addressing gender and family based violence, child protection, and legal protection....


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