First multi-stakeholder training workshop on trafficking in persons and on the new penal code in Togo

This activity was funded by France and the United States

As in other West African countries, trafficking in persons has grown into a worrying phenomenon in Togo in recent years. This is due to Togo's geographical location as a country of origin, of transit and of destination for victims of trafficking, and to the fact that trafficking in Togo is both internal and transnational. 

UNODC is supporting Togo in its efforts to strengthen its national response to trafficking in persons and to improve the situation of thousands of victims, including women and children, in the country.  In partnership with the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), UNODC organized a series of two training sessions on trafficking in persons and on the new penal code of 2015, between 17 and 26 April 2018. Overall, 42 national actors, including20 magistrates, 9 police officers, 9 gendarmes, 4 customs officers, including 8 women, attended the workshop.

Those trainings aimed at building the capacity of participants in the fight against trafficking in persons took place in the city of Kpalimé, which is considered to be one of the main destination areas for internal trafficking in Togo*. A total of 16 modules from the UNODC training manual were delivered by 10 trainers from UNODC, IREX, the Anti-Trafficking Unit of the Ministry of Justice, the Judicial Police, the Network aginst the Trafficking of Children in Togo and the West African network for Children Protection. Trainers used a participatory approach by combining theoretical and practical exercises for a better assimilation by participants of notions on trafficking in persons.

 

  
Participants during the workshop

In addition, participants were informed on the 2015 penal reform and the international legal framework through a multidisciplinary approach promoting cooperation between all the actors involved. Various technical and theoretical tools were also made available for the identification, investigation and protection of victims of trafficking. All participants took part in the resolution of practical cases and simulations (hearings, crime scenes...). At the end of the training, they were provided with an Anti-Trafficking in Persons Manual for criminal justice practitioners with 26 modules specifically adapted to the context of Togo.

This training workshop was organized thanks to the support from the French and American governments and is part of the implementation of the Regional Strategy against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (2015-2020), and of the UNODC Regional Programme (2016-2020).

  
A participant receiving the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Manual

 

*Togolese Government, Report on the Implementation in 2015 of the ECOWAS / ECCAS Action Plan against Trafficking in Persons, 2015, p. 3

For more information:

UNODC Regional Programme for West Africa (2016-2020)

Definitions and tools on human trafficking and migrant smuggling

UNODC Regional Strategy for Combating Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants 2015-2020