Intelligence is key to fighting migrant smuggling: UNODC provides analysis training for law enforcers in Asia

Bangkok (Thailand), 21 February 2012 - Migrant smuggling is an organized criminal activity that operates across borders. It threatens countries' security, makes smuggled migrants vulnerable to exploitation and human trafficking, and generates enormous profits for the criminals involved, who face little risk of detection and punishment. Migrant smuggling networks are highly organized, professional and flexible, constantly changing routes and methods in response to law enforcement measures.

To assist government efforts to craft an effective, coordinated response, the UNODC Regional Training Programme on Operational and Strategic Analysis on Migrant Smuggling held a first round of workshops that brought to Thailand 54 law enforcement and immigration personnel from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Viet Nam and the Pacific Immigration Directors' Conference (PIDC) for training in operational and strategic analysis of migrant smuggling.

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Related Information:

International Framework for Action to implement the Smuggling of Migrants Protocol

In-Depth Training Manual on Investigating and Prosecuting the Smuggling of Migrants


UNODC Tools and Publications

UNODC and Smuggling of Migrants

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