7 May 2013

Fiji human trafficking probe draws transnational crime-stoppers' attention

8:11 pm on 7 May 2013

An ongoing investigation into human trafficking in Fiji has drawn the attention of a transnational law enforcement group.

The Pacific Transnational Crime Network, which is made up of police, customs and immigration officers, is concerned about the movement of criminals across the Pacific, particularly in the area of human trafficking and sex trade.

Fiji police say they are still following a group of 20 people, including Chinese businessmen, allegedly involved in the sale of girls for sex.

The Acting Commissioner and the Melanesian representative of the Pacific Transnational Crime Network Arthur Caulton, says he is monitoring the regional matter and hopes for more assistance.

"We understand that there's a lot of people trafficking in Fiji and we appreciate the actions taken by the Fiji police at the moment and we would look forward to more assistance through other parts of the region with regarding people smuggling in Fiji."

The Acting Commissioner of the Pacific Transnational Crime Network Arthur Caulton.