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‘Border Officers Need To Be Well Equipped’

it is imperative that we must equip our labour inspectors, immigration and customs officials and border Police officers to properly understand and identify possible cases of all forms of human trafficking within our labour force
05 Mar 2021 14:24
‘Border Officers Need To Be Well Equipped’
From left; Ministry of Defence manager national defence and policing division George Washington, Eseroma Baleisuva, Permanent Secretary for Defence, National Security and Policing Manasa Lesuma and Director CID Mesake Waqa at the opening of the Countering Human Trafficking training at the Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island on March 4, 2021. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

With an increase in migrants entering the country, for employment or investing in our economy, it is imperative to equip border officers properly to understand and identify possible cases of all forms of human trafficking within the labour force.

Permanent Secretary for Defence, National Security and Policing,  Manasa Lesuma, urged participants at the opening of the Countering Human Trafficking training at the Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island yesterday.

The event was attended by the partners from the International Organisation for Migration [IOM], senior Government officials, including Police, customs and the Ministry of Labour officers.

“The Fijian labour market is expanding whereby we are not only sourcing employment within Fiji, but importing and exporting labour to and from other countries,” Mr Lesuma said.

“…it is imperative that we must equip our labour inspectors, immigration and customs officials and border Police officers to properly understand and identify possible cases of all forms of human trafficking within our labour force.”

Mr Lesuma added that Fiji was no exception and our partnership with our donor partners will no doubt assist Government in identifying possible victims and successful prosecution of perpetrators.

“Trafficking in person is a transnational crime that does not respect borders; it is one of the worst forms of crime against humanity. It is a heinous crime that is orchestrated not only in isolation, but more increasingly through international criminal syndicates,” Mr Lesuma said.

“As such this training today is targeted specifically for the labour inspectors and key border officials.

“You play a vital role in our efforts to combat human trafficking as a nation. The training will provide you with the necessary skills, indicators and knowledge to be able to restore the human rights of a victim who has been trafficked.

“Be reminded of just how great this issue is across the world. But I do believe that what is greater is the power within your mandates as officials to set free and restore another human being,” he said.

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