Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking has concluded a one day training for Immigration Officers from Kono, Kenema and Kailahun districts on human trafficking at the regional Immigration Office along Maxwell Khobe street in Kenema city.
Welcoming participants the regional Immigration Officers east Dominic Usman thanked participants for traveling from distant areas to attend the training which will help to reduce crime in the country.
He called on them to be vigilant at there various border crossing points in the country, adding that although they are under staffed they can still make a great impact.
He warned them that before issuing passport to children they should obtain clearance from the Ministry of Social Welfare Children and Gender Affairs (MSWCGA) to show the legality of their parents and guardians.
In his address to participants the Regional Coordinator of Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking Jonathan Bambara disclosed that his organization has been operating in the country since 2004 to raise awareness on human trafficking with support from World Hope.
He said that the Immigration Department is very important in the country in terms of trafficking adding that all documents dealing with the movement of people pass through their office.
Mr. Bambara revealed that they have trained village parent groups in some parts of the country to serve as security for their communities for any sign of trafficking or traffic related matters.
Speaking on the role of the Immigration in the trafficking of people The National Passport Control Officer Mohamed Hanafi Sesay while speaking on the role of the Immigration Department in the trafficking of people said trafficking has existed for a long time thereby causing backwardness of some African States.
He called on the Immigration Officers to regulate or monitor the free movement of people in and out of the country, noting that with good working relationship with Faith Alliance they will be able to stop trafficking in the country.