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14 April 2010

Combating human trafficking in West Africa focus of INTERPOL training

ACCRA, Ghana – Enhancing the ability of local police units to tackle human trafficking is the focus of a police training course under way in Accra and organized jointly by INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Human Beings Sub-Directorate and the Australian Federal Police Law Enforcement Co-operation Programme.

The five-day Advanced Trafficking in Human Beings Training Programme (12-16 April) will provide a platform to investigators to fight human trafficking at key border control points across West Africa. It includes best-practice guidance from the INTERPOL Trafficking in Human Beings manual as well as practical operational engagement for the 34 participants from Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

The programme’s key objective is to assist countries in Africa develop an integrated approach against human trafficking by developing operational capacities for policing at both the national and regional level. 

The course is being delivered by specialists from the INTERPOL Expert Working Group on Trafficking in Human Beings – including from INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France as well as by experts from Ghana and from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. 

The training represents the latest phase of police capacity building in Africa against human trafficking following on from the previous West African Trafficking in Human Beings Training Programme delivered for nine countries in December 2009 in Dakar, Senegal.