Press Release: EU and UNODC Handover Equipment to Support Morocco in Countering Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling
Rabat, Morocco - 12 November 2021
The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) provided the Moroccan General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) with equipment to support the judiciary police specialized unit as part of the regional project “Dismantling Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Criminal Networks in North Africa.”
Organized criminal groups, such as human traffickers and migrant smugglers, are increasingly using the internet and cyberspace to take advantage of people who are vulnerable, desperate or simply seeking a better life. Hence, the importance of relevant authorities being equipped to face such forms of crime.
The equipment handover is part of the project’s holistic approach. The Moroccan authorities have already engaged in a series of activities to enhance their capacity in detecting and countering technology-enabled criminality related to human trafficking and migrant smuggling.
“Dismantling Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Criminal Networks in North Africa” is a three-year (2019-2022) €15 million regional joint initiative by the EU and UNODC. The project consists of a regional intervention covering Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia.