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23 mars 2012

Preventing people smuggling and illegal migration through border security focus of INTERPOL training

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Strengthening measures to combat people smuggling and illegal migration syndicates using fake documents to avoid detection at borders was the focus of a training session organized by INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Human Beings unit and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Sri Lanka.

Bringing together 50 law enforcement officials from the Department of Immigration and Emigration, State Intelligence Service, Criminal Investigation Department and the National Central Bureau in Colombo, the session (15-16 March) was based on standard operational policies and procedures for the use of INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database, and on general border measures to detect people smuggling and illegal migration syndicates using false documents.

Participants also learned ways to detect fraudsters using genuine travel documents to enter the country illegally.

The SLTD database currently contains more than 31 million documents from 160 countries and enables police officers to instantly verify if a person is attempting to enter the country on a fraudulent travel document. In 2011, connected countries conducted more than 670 million searches, resulting in more than 47,000 hits of people identified as traveling on a lost or stolen document.