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IOM, Angola hold seminar on combat against human trafficking
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09:44, July 02, 2008

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The International Organization for Migrations (IOM) and the Angolan government have jointly sponsored a seminar on combat against human trafficking in the Angolan capital Luanda aimed at outlining strategies for the fight against human trafficking.

Jose Martins, an official of the Portuguese Embassy in Angola who presided over the seminar, told reporters on Tuesday that the seminar is important to popularize knowledge of procedures related to the fight against the traffic of human beings as human trafficking has been an increasing tough problem in the world, especially among developing countries.

"Some people, even living under the pressure of traders of human beings, are not aware of this, because some are asylum seekers, refugees, economic migrants or temporary residents," he said.

The two-day seminar which opened on Monday discussed such themes as "child victims," "interview to pedophiles," "vigilance," "observance of the environment" and "treatment offered to victims."

Statistics from the IOM show that over 2 million people are sold every year in the world for sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery and the removing of organs.


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