Agency Against Trafficking in Persons (NAATIP) and the International Centre for
Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) recently trained stakeholders on the
implementation of the advocacy action plan to fight against human trafficking
and force labor abroad.
The training was designed to share the regional strategy and the action plan for The Gambia and to introduce partners to essential advocacy actions. It was also meant to review and finalise the action plan.
Tulai Jawara-Ceesay, Executive Director of NAATIP lamented that human trafficking is of great concern in the international community especially in the West African region. She said NAATIP’s specific mandate is to investigate and prosecute human trafficking cases and to forge partnership with other agencies involve in the fight against human trafficking.
The Gambia, she said, is one destination country of this awful menace, which is affecting vulnerable people who are recruited into forced labor and exploited by their traffickers.
“Every year, human traffickers make an estimated 32 billion dollars, making the industry as one of the most profitable organized crimes worldwide.”
Dr. Henry Carrol, Chairman of Gambian Law Reform said the two Gambian legal instruments that expressively prohibit forced labor are the 1997 Constitution and the Labor Act of 2007. “The Gambia has also signed and ratified several labour conventions. Human trafficking is a 21 century phenomenon.”
Dodou Kebbeh of The Gambia Tourism Board, said their target is to make The Gambia the best tourism destination in Africa, pointing out that that target cannot be realised when traffickers forcefully torment people.