More than 50 police and human trafficking officials gathered in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 11 September 2007 for training on combating human trafficking.
Immigration and border police will receive three days of training by advisors from the Asia Regional Trafficking in Persons Project. "Detailed understanding of human trafficking is low among the police and public, so the course will teach them more about what human trafficking is and how to prevent the problem happening in the future," said the project's Country Coordinator, Mr Sythala Pathammavong.
He explained that the course is aimed at clearly discussing the problems and solutions with officials to increase understanding among those who are at the frontline. The Asia Regional Trafficking in Persons project began in August 2006 and will run for five years with funding from the Australian government through AusAID.
"The project focuses on the criminal justice response to trafficking with special emphasis on ending impunity for traffickers and securing justice for victims," said Mr Sythala. The project is initially working in Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Activities may expand to other ASEAN countries during the life of the project, particularly Indonesia. A special mechanism has been developed to assist in the identification of countries for expansion as well as their successful integration into the project.
Mr Sythala confirmed that after the three days of the training course, trainees will be well aware of the specifics of the problem, as well as prevention methods.
Adapted from: Souknilundon Southivongnorath. "Official receives instruction on human trafficking." Vientiane Times. 12 September 2007.
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