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IOM Kuwait wraps up police training on trafficking, smuggling investigations

The training, in collaboration with the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior, aims to enhance the response of frontline police officers to human trafficking.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Kuwait wrapped up a five-day training session in Kuwait City, focusing on criminal and electronic investigations in cases of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. The training, held from February 11 to 15, was conducted in collaboration with the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior (MoI).

The training aimed to enhance the ability of frontline police officers to respond to human trafficking. It was organized by the MoI Training Department and included 30 participants from various departments.

Mazen AboulHosn, IOM Kuwait Chief of Mission, emphasized the importance of preventing trafficking, protecting and assisting victims, and prosecuting perpetrators during his closing remarks. He also expressed pride in IOM’s longstanding partnership with the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior, highlighting collaborative workshops conducted over the years.

The training covered various topics such as indicators for identifying human trafficking cases, national legislation and international conventions related to human trafficking, the use of information technology in investigating trafficking cases, trauma-related symptoms for trafficking victims, and strategies for interviewing both victims and suspects.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals call for immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labor, end modern slavery, and combat human trafficking. This workshop complements Kuwait’s efforts across ministries and institutions, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Justice, General Authority for Manpower, and the National Standing Committee on implementing the national strategy to combat trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants.

The state of Kuwait has been proactive in addressing the issue of trafficking in persons. Efforts include the enactment of Law No. 91 of 2013 on Combating Trafficking in Persons and smuggling of migrants, establishment of shelters for migrant workers and the formation of the Permanent National Committee tasked with implementing the National Strategy to prevent Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants.

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