The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has organized two days of training on trafficking in persons for Officers of the Tourism Security Unit, with a view to support national efforts to combat this phenomenon in the country.

The training which is funded by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP) of the Government of the United States, aims to advance counter-trafficking efforts especially in areas with high tourism.

The ongoing training which is held at a local Hotel at Senegambia from the 28th to 29th June 2021, is in partnership with the Gambia Tourism Board (GT Board), coordinated by the National Agency Against Trafficking in Person (NAATIP).

Stepen Matete, IOM’s Program Officer said trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights.

“Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers in their own countries and across borders,” he remarked; that almost every country in the world with the Gambia included, is affected by trafficking whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination; that the Gambia exhibits three enlisted elements as a source, transit point and destination for victims of trafficking.

Mr. Matete noted that inter-connectedness that brings people closer and of which tourism and travel are integrally part of, is also extremely vulnerable to the predations of organized criminal syndicates who want to benefit from the clandestine criminal business of human trafficking.