13 Jun 2017 11:30am
OSHAKATI, 13 JUN (NAMPA) Twenty-five cases of human trafficking has been recorded from 2010 to date, Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga has said.
Ndeitunga said this at the start of the five-day Multi-Disciplinary Training Workshop on Trafficking in Persons here on Monday.
The workshop brought together officers from NamPol, Immigration, Customs and Excise, Office of the Prosecutor-General and social workers.
Ndeitunga pointed out that six of the 25 trafficking in persons cases recorded by NamPol are on the court roll pending trial.
Currently, there is no case pending for the Prosecutor-Generals decision, while 14 cases are still under investigation, the NamPol chief told the workshop participants.
Prosecution in another three cases was declined by the Prosecutor-General, while one person was convicted and another acquitted.
Ndeitunga said human trafficking is in most cases an organised crime, and in some instances there is a lack of information that such crime is being committed.
Therefore training such as this one is required to effectively and successfully identify, investigate and prosecute crimes of trafficking in persons, he said.
He noted that protection of victims of human trafficking requires a multi-disciplinary approach, because one needs to immediately secure victims personal safety, medical condition and emotional wellbeing.
Ndeitunga stated that victims of human trafficking, as crucial witnesses to the crime, should be provided with assurance that whatever evidence they give against the traffickers will be done under State protection.
Also speaking at the workshop, Prosecutor-General Martha Imalwa called on those tasked with investigating crimes to use the Prevention of Organised Crime Act in the process of their investigations.
Those who have a duty to assist victims of human trafficking, Imalwa said, should understand the crime of trafficking in persons in order to give proper assistance.
The training is funded by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
It ends Friday.