15 October 2008

Angola: Women Relevant in Human Trafficking Fight

Luanda — Women play a relevant part in the fight against trafficking of human beings as they are the group of society most heavily hit by the evil.

This was said Wednesday in Luanda by the inspector general of the Angolan Interior Ministry, Eduardo Sambo.

The inspector was speaking at the opening of the workshop on "Women as an agent of awareness against humans trafficking", taking place in Luanda.

He said humans trafficking affects more heavily the vulnerable families, main females.

"Women have been preferential pray to traffickers for labour and sexual exploitation. This is a good reason for those who are part of the police to make a very valuable contribution," he said.

To him, human being trafficking is an organised crime and of transnational scope, shared by various people and countries.

In his turn, the chairman of the Angolan Association of Support for Policewomen, Eliza Dias, said the workshop will sort out cases of trafficking and release information on the issue.

Eliza Dias also called for prevention as, she added, there are no visible cases in the country.

She appealed to women police officers to be watchful, mainly those who work in borders.

According to the head of the International Migration Organisation mission to Angola, Katharina Schnoring, about 800,000 people are smuggled the world over every year, to work for families and private companies.

She added that many women are taken to other countries on false promises of sponsored scholarship and a better life, only to see that they are subject to labour, often in prostitution.

Going under the International Migration Organisation and the Angolan Association of Support for Policewomen (AAMPA), the three days event, is being attended by women from various ministries and aims at strategies to fight humans trafficking.

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