UNODC trains Magistrates on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Agadez

Funded by the European Union 

Given Niger's socio-economic and political context along with its status as a gateway to Libya and the Mediterranean coast, the country has been identified as a country of origin, transit and destination for human trafficking and smuggling of migrants in the framework of UNODC's GLO.ACT project.

From 25 to 27 October 2018, a training and awareness-raising workshop was organized on the national legislative framework relating to trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants, aimed at Judicial Magistrates, specialized chambers in the fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime, appeal courts and high courts of Agadez. The training brought together 21 participants, including a woman.

Group photo of participants

During the official opening ceremony, Colonel Major Garba Maïkido, Governor of the Agadez region, emphasized the importance of adopting a comprehensive approach for detection, investigation and effective prosecution of migrants' smugglers and human traffickers. By carrying out a thorough analysis of the legal provisions relating to each of these offenses, the training workshop helped to clarify participant's understanding of legal texts, in particular regarding the jurisdiction of the courts in cases of trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants. In addition, the meeting helped to build participants' capacity in the fight against human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants and to build on recommendations for a better implementation of these laws by magistrates.

Through its regional office based in Senegal and its 10 country offices based in the region, UNODC is implementing its Regional Strategy to Combat Trafficking in Persons and Migrant Trafficking (2015-2020) in West and Central Africa. The GLO.ACT project focuses on thirteen pillar countries, including Niger, and is a joint initiative of the European Union (EU) and UNODC, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Fund for Migration and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The GLO.ACT program (2015-2019) is a global effort to support national governments in the fight against human trafficking and smuggling of migrants.

For more information:

Definitions and tools on trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling

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