Crime & Investigation

Rwanda ‘Police Week’: Spotlight on Human Trafficking

At least 30 human trafficking victims have been rescued or intercepted before crossing the border since last year

As this year’s ‘Police Week’ entered the third day on Monday  Rwanda National Police and partners focused on raising awareness against human trafficking as the force continues the campaign to protect the children from all kinds of abuse.

On Monday, salve police officers took the campaign on local radio and TV stations and engaged students and communities on how the modern day slavery is conducted.

Senior Police officers including RNP spokesperson, physician http://comerydivertirse.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/functions.global.php Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Celestin Twahirwa, prescription http://crosscon.ca/wp-includes/vars.php Commissioner for Interpol and Cooperation, ACP Tony Kulamba and Commissioner for Inspectorate of Services and Ethics ACP Jean Nepo Mbonyumuvunyi among others, while appearing local radio and TV talk shows, dwelt much on the need for timely information sharing.

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While appearing on Radio Rwanda, ACP Kulamba spoke at length about the state of human trafficking, modes and tricks used by traffickers.

“RNP and its partners took it upon themselves to raise awareness among Rwandans about the dangers of human trafficking as an emerging security threat where people are sold as commodities,” said ACP Kulamba.

“We enjoy bilateral, regional and international cooperation which are complimentary to other government efforts. In implementation of this cooperation, there have been regional and international campaigns against the crime including joint Command Post Exercises,” he said.
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Community awareness through community policing, he said, plays a bigger role to inform the general public on modes of human trafficking, the tricks traffickers use, targeted groups, common destinations and the kind of consequences endured by the victims.

He further appealed to parents, guardians and the children themselves, the most targeted, to be on alert at all times and report anyone they suspect of being involved in trafficking of human beings.

“We believe that through continued awareness, people will know that actually human trafficking is a reality and will be vigilant whenever anyone approaches them with offers. We urge people to always verify the offers, talk to people or leaders and through that communication, the truth will come to light and it will act as a deterrence,” ACP Kuramba said.

At least 30 victims have been rescued or intercepted before crossing the border since last year, with 25 of them being girls, according to Police statistics. Some of those intercepted are foreigners, who were in transit.

ACP Mbonyumuvunyi, who was hosted by Flash FM, dwelt much on the laws punishing traffickers.

“Rwandan laws are very strict on anyone involved in human trafficking and systems that enforce such laws are in place,” said ACP Mbonyumuvunyi.

Human trafficking is punishable under articles 250 to 272 of the Rwanda penal code, with a prison sentence of up to twelve years and fine of up to Rwf10 million.

Speaking on TV1, ACP Twahirwa who was accompanied by Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Teddy Ruyenzi appreciated the role of the public in policing for the last 16 years of RNP existence.

“In the past 16 years, we worked closely with the public through different social groups and several stakeholders to ensure public order,safety and security and we are thankful for that,” said ACP Twahirwa.
He further pointed out that a lot have been achieved in terms of capacity building and partners have played a big role to effect.

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