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Thu, 09 Jul 2020 13:49 - Updated Thu, 09 Jul 2020 13:52

Angola records over 100 cases of human trafficking

Luanda - The State Secretary for Human Rights and Citizenship, Ana Celeste Januário, announced last Wednesday the record of more than 100 cases of human trafficking in the country.

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The official, who was speaking at a lecture within the framework of the commemorative day of the International Day to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings, said without advancing numbers that some people involved in such  criminal activity have already been sent to court for trial.

"The Angolan borders register an intense movement of people entering and leaving, providing, in a way, some easiness for traffickers", she stressed.

Ana Celeste Januário advises the population, especially the youth, on the correct use of social media, avoiding contact with strangers, as it is also a means used by human trafficking networks.

She affirmed that the Angolan authorities have promoted several activities to combat trafficking in human beings, including training programmes to raise awareness of citizens about the danger.

On his turn, the Secretary of State for Youth, Fernando Francisco João, stressed that trafficking in human beings constitutes a serious attack on human rights.

He pointed out that studies show that the main victims, in most cases, are women and children.

Fernando João, added, on the other hand, that the challenge requires the participation of all civil society, with a strategy that involves information and the training of people to clearly identify these crimes and report them to the competent bodies in a timely manner.

The activity was attended by representatives of the Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the youth and religious class.

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