Angola has already tried 20 cases of human trafficking

Human beings trafficking is one of the dramas of the 21st century

Human beings trafficking is one of the dramas of the 21st century

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The Angolan PGR warned that this type of crime requires new mechanisms of action. Provinces of Luanda, Lunda Norte and Zaire lead events

The provinces of Luanda, Lunda Norte and Zaire lead the occurrence of human trafficking in Angola, said Astergidio Pedro Culolo, deputy Attorney General of the Republic with the Angolan Migration and Foreigners Service (SME). The magistrate told reporters on the sidelines of a lecture on Trafficking Human Beings in Angola, addressed to the national police officers.

Those provinces "have recorded more relevant activities" of human trafficking, especially "due to borders".

"In terms of cases, I can only speak of those who have already been treated judicially, which are close to 20 cases in those provinces. There are provinces where there is no registration, but the fact that there is no registration does not mean that there is no traffic there, "he said. These 20 cases have already been delivered, that is, they have already had final sentences.

In January, Catholic priest Félix Gaudêncio told Lusa that the population of the southern province of Cunene was "frightened" by the "growing reports" of human traffickers, especially children, four of whom were already detained by police.

In December of 2018, a video posted on social networks featured a suspected confessed author of these crimes, reporting how he killed a woman, whose organs he might have taken out, that were taken to Namibia.

Angolan Interior Ministry delegate in Cunene, Tito Munana, said that the judicial authorities "have not yet proved whether the reports of the supposed trafficker of the video disclosed were true." Today, when asked by Lusa, he said that the "situation is worrying", saying that the cases "although they exist, have not yet been detected". "We have now registered, with some concern, the movement of children to the outside of the country, that sometimes do not comply with the rules", he said.

"And it might be this activity, hence the need to be informed to fine-tune the mechanisms and start detecting," concluded the member of the Interministerial Commission against Trafficking of Human Beings in Angola.