14 May 2010

Fiji police alarmed at reports of human trafficking

3:12 pm on 14 May 2010

Fiji's police commissioner, Commodore Esala Teleni, says his force doesn't have the expertise nor the resources to deal with human trafficking.

He made the comment during a workshop on the issue organised by Fiji Police and UNICEF to design strategies and provide a platform to combat human trafficking

According to the Fiji Times, Commodore Teleni said the prevalence of human trafficking in Fiji could be attributed to poverty, unemployment and practices that commodify women and children and make their sale acceptable.

He told participants that human trafficking was as real as slavery and laws to criminalise human trafficking have not deterred traffickers.

He said society needs to be educated so that they recognise trafficking and know how and where to report it.