INTERPOL will be providing a training exercise from Monday 20 February 2017, to Friday 24 February 2017, at Bay Gardens Beach Resort. The program is the second phase of Investigative Skills to Combat Human Trafficking, which is expected to have about thirty participants from various countries. The facilitators are members of the INTERPOL General Secretariat in France.
Human trafficking has been a high profile discussion in Saint Lucia since the Lambirds scandal surfaced in early 2015. In that case numerous students from Nepal, Philippines, and Pakistan were lured to Saint Lucia after paying large sums of money for travel and classes only to realize they had been conned upon arrival.
A number of Caribbean governments have joined with INTERPOL with the aim of improving the Caribbean’s institutional capacity to combat human trafficking. This course targets law enforcement agencies which work with victims of human trafficking in their daily operations and also targets judicial authorities engaged in the prosecution of human trafficking cases, with the aim of facilitating an increase in the capacity to successfully prosecute these types of crimes in the Caribbean.
The course will be held at the Bay Gardens Beach resort and will commence with an opening ceremony on Monday 20 February 2017 at 9:00 a.m.