Masaka Police officers trained on combating human trafficking

Masaka Police officers trained on combating human trafficking
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In a bid to combat the rising cases of human trafficking in Greater Masaka, OKOA Refugee, a non-governmental organization, has embarked on training security personnel on how to identify and prevent human trafficking.

The training  aims to equip security personnel with the necessary skills and knowledge to combat human trafficking, which has become a major concern in the region.

"Human trafficking is a serious violation of human rights, and we must work together to prevent it," said David Kalanda, the director of OKOA Refugee Uganda.

"We are training security personnel to be able to identify victims of human trafficking and take appropriate action to rescue them."

According to Kalanda, the training is focusing on the identification of victims, investigation techniques, and prosecution of offenders.

"We want to ensure that security personnel have the necessary skills to investigate cases of human trafficking and prosecute offenders effectively," he said.

The training has been welcomed by security personnel in the region, who say it will help them to combat human trafficking more effectively.

"This training is timely and necessary," said Alfred Bagambaki, the police spokesperson for greater Masaka sub region. "We have been struggling to combat human trafficking, and this training will help us to identify victims and prosecute offenders more effectively."

Statistics show that human trafficking cases have increased from 421 in 2021 to 1,200 in 2022 in the greater Masaka sub region, with most cases involving children below the age of eighteen years and women.

"We are committed to combating human trafficking, and we believe that this training will help us to achieve our goal," said Kalanda.

The training is part of a larger campaign by OKOA Refugee to combat human trafficking in Uganda.

"We are working with communities, security personnel, and other stakeholders to prevent human trafficking and protect victims," said Kalanda.

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