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19 December 2012

INTERPOL training in Sudan to increase regional efforts against human trafficking and migrant smuggling

KHARTOUM, Sudan – Sharing effective methods to fight human trafficking and migrant smuggling was the focus of an INTERPOL training workshop which brought together 25 participants from 10 East African countries.

The aim of the three-day workshop (12-14 December) in Sudan was to strengthen law enforcement cooperation in the fields of trafficking in human beings, people smuggling and illegal migration by sharing expertise and best practices. The course sought to give participants an understanding of existing human trafficking investigative tools, the current situation and the involved parties.

The importance of regional cooperation between INTERPOL and East African countries against human trafficking and people smuggling was underlined by Dr Adil Al-Agib, Deputy Director of the Sudan Police Forces.

Participants learned ways to detect individuals using genuine travel documents to enter the country illegally, in particular the use of the INTERPOL Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database; international legal frameworks; regional trends and assessments; methods used by traffickers; crime scene investigation skills; border security and travel document examination; and interviewing skills.

A representative of the International Organization for Migration also briefed the participants on its efforts in the region.

Dr Hamid Mannan Mohamed, a former member of INTERPOL’s Executive Committee, highlighted the importance of INTERPOL’s I-24/7 secure global police communications network for the exchange of information, and the need to use INTERPOL’s databases in the fight against transnational crime.

Countries participating in the training were Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.