AHTB trains second batch of police personnel to combat TIP

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Kathmandu: Second TOT for police officials concluded in Kathmandu on June 24, 2022. The five-day training titled, TOT in Conceptual Clarity and Effective Investigation into Human Trafficking Cases imparted knowledge and technical skills in investigating cases on trafficking in persons (TIP) to the participants. 

The objective of the training was to inform and train the officials on the latest trend and techniques employed by traffickers in human trafficking. The training provided the trainees with insights into various facets of TIP such as how it is interconnected with foreign labor migration and human smuggling. The trainers and participants discussed on practical aspects of human trafficking, national and international legal instruments governing TIP, human rights in relation to TIP and training methods.

Chari Maya Tamang, a TIP Survivor and activist against TIP shared her experience of victimhood. She shared her painful past of how she was trafficked to a brothel in India and her suffering there. She urged the police officials to be sensitive in dealing with a TIP victim as not all victims have the backing of their kin or an organization. She said that besides laws and regulations on human trafficking, they should also consider human and practical aspects in dealing with a TIP victim.

Zainab Akther, Chief of Party of Winrock Internatinoal Hamro Samman Project appreciated Tamang’s effort as a crusader against TIP. She also appreciated Tamang’s husband who has stood by her side in her battle against TIP.

Sabina Pradhan, Deputy Chief of Party, Winrock International Hamro Samman Project said that the form and objective of human trafficking has been changing and they will continue to change. Previously trafficking in persons (TIP) took place in Indian brothels. Now, it occurs in dance bar of Kenya and in the course of migration for work abroad and that all stakeholders should be mindful of this fact and remain vigilant. A total of 21 police officials including three females attended the training. The TOT of this type was held in from June 6-10 in Kavre. A total of 26 police officials including two females had participated in the training. Both the trainings were held by Anti-human Trafficking Bureau (AHTB) of Nepal Police with support from Winrock International Hamro Samman Project and Center for Legal Research and Resource Development.