The Kingdom of Morocco is a “priority” partner with which the European Union (EU) is developing a strengthened cooperation to effectively combat human trafficking, said, Monday in Kénitra, representative of the EU delegation in Morocco, Jean Cardona.
In his address at the opening of the awareness Days on combating trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, Cardona noted that by establishing a legislative and regulatory framework to prevent, suppress and punish the crimes of human trafficking, Morocco has once again affirmed its willingness to develop its national mechanism against this scourge.
These Days, organized at the initiative of the EU and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at the Royal Institute of Police in Kenitra, are intended to support the Kingdom with a view, in particular, to improving its detection and interception capabilities and strengthening its capacity to identify and investigate cases of smuggling of migrants and trafficking in human beings, he added.
Funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa, the initiative also aims to improve capacities to protect victims, Cardona said.
For her part, UNODC MENA regional representative Cristina Albertin reported that in its 5th global report on human trafficking, published in 2019, the UNODC had observed an increase in the detection of victims and in the prosecution and trial of perpetrators.
In this regard, Albertin praised the fact that Morocco is joining this positive dynamic to address this scourge.