First Individual: ‘I rescued over 1000 trafficking victims’

“My place as head of Nationwide Trafficking in Individuals Investigation Workplace in Lithuania was very difficult, but additionally very fascinating. I’d conduct and coordinate home and worldwide police operations and investigations that led to the identification and rescue of victims.
We’d obtain data that there was a possible case of exploitation involving Lithuanians at a sure location. We then contacted the legislation enforcement authorities in that nation and arranged a rescue operation.
We needed to act very quick and be ready to maneuver from one place to the subsequent. I had many days when my breakfast, lunch and dinner could be in several nations.
Broken lives
Generally, I’d work undercover, so not wearing a police uniform. I bear in mind having to run after a sufferer in heels down a road in the UK. I needed to be cautious to not break my leg.
Lithuanian prison teams had been very lively in human trafficking at residence and overseas at the moment. They’d excellent connections to Albanian organized prison teams, which had been working throughout Europe.
I calculated that in my profession I had been concerned within the rescue of over one thousand victims of trafficking. Then I finished counting. There have been so many broken lives. I obtained a particular police award for “Saved Lives”.
I retired from the police after serving 22 years after reaching the best potential place throughout the area, so by 2020 it was the time to maneuver to a world stage and share the data I had gained.

UNODCReda Sirgediene, UNODC Regional Adviser on Trafficking in Individuals and Smuggling of Migrants in Central Asia.

Growing data of trafficking in Central Asia
My mandate working in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, is totally different now. I wouldn’t have the sort of energy I had as a nationwide police officer, however I’ve authority on behalf of UNODC to cooperate with authorities in Central Asia and supply technical help to extend the area’s capability to detect and examine circumstances of human trafficking.
I do know so much about this crime – how it’s organized and the strategies of the traffickers. However to achieve success in my new function, this was not sufficient.
As soon as I arrived in Central Asia, I needed to perceive the peculiarities of the area and take into account the cultural and authorized background within the context of human trafficking.
I wanted to be taught concerning the totally different procedures and sources within the area to fight this crime and which investigative instruments had been obtainable.
Now I practice and mentor officers who work within the legislation enforcement and justice sectors, advise non-governmental organizations that help victims of trafficking and help the event of anti-human trafficking laws and procedures.
No matter is required, I’m right here to assist.
Investigating all types of trafficking
Based mostly on official information, the principle nations of vacation spot for individuals being trafficked from Central Asia are Russia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, and South Korea.
Apart from Kazakhstan, which can be a vacation spot nation for victims from Central Asia, all nations within the area are supply nations for trafficked individuals.
Most investigations are into circumstances of sexual exploitation and there are some detected circumstances of trafficking for labour exploitation.
I’m making an attempt to encourage the authorities to begin investigating different types of trafficking, corresponding to trafficking for pressured marriage, pressured begging or involvement into pressured prison actions or in armed teams.
Additionally, the official information present that almost all of individuals convicted for trafficking offences, particularly in circumstances of sexual exploitation, are ladies. I wish to discover out extra about this, as a result of I imagine that behind these ladies there could possibly be males who’re the true organizers of the trafficking enterprise. It is a area the place culturally males take the lead.
Luring individuals with guarantees
I’d say that traffickers are extra refined these days and extra refined.
They don’t rely a lot on using violence. They lure victims with variety phrases and guarantees or faux to be a boyfriend to lure them.
To start with of my profession, I skilled merciless circumstances during which victims had been discovered hung or crushed, generally to demise. I noticed the indicators of violence on their our bodies. In different circumstances, victims had been drugged after which sexually exploited.
I labored on a case involving homeless Lithuanian males. They got alcohol, taken to Spain, and compelled to work on a distant farm. At evening, they had been chained to radiators so they’d not escape.
The traffickers’ strategies should not simply extra refined, the crime additionally generates greater earnings.
For me this job will all the time be concerning the safety of human rights. It’s what I do know finest.”

SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Robust Establishments
Sustainable Improvement Aim 16 acknowledges that battle, insecurity, weak establishments and restricted entry to justice stay a big risk to sustainable growth.
It goals to scale back all types of violence and deaths brought on by that violence. It focuses on ending the abuse, exploitation, torture and trafficking of kids.
It promotes the rule of legislation on the nationwide and worldwide ranges and guarantee equal entry to justice for all

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