EU, IOM, UNODC launch new online course on human trafficking in Colombia
The European Union, and two of UN.GIFT Steering Commitee organizations, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) , presented in Colombia a new human trafficking online learning tool targeting judges, prosecutors and police investigators. Through the use of this virtual course officials will be able to pursue traffickers and strategize more efficiently in the fight against human trafficking.
The project was developed with the support of 15 Special Prosecutors with expertise in human rights and international humanitarian law. The course provides practical experience and guidance in Spanish. It illustrates cases step by step in order to help officials identify incidents of human trafficking, the necessary measures to combat the offence, and methods of prevention.
The training tool consists of two modules. The first module explains the severity of the crime, national and international legislation that is in place, and approaches the issue of human trafficking as violation of human rights. The second module serves as a "how-to" guide for officials. It describes elements of the crime, other offences that may be present during trafficking, and special investigative techniques. It also includes ways to ensure protection of the victims.