The Ambassador of France in Cameroon has express the wish to receive at most every six months reports on the state of human trafficking in the North West. H.E Gilles Thibault was speaking in Bamenda Wednesday July 5, 2017 during a meeting with the North West Regional Task Force against Human Trafficking functioning with support from the French Government in reaction to a report of activities presented by the task force team leader Justice Awasung Florence who also doubles as president of the North West Regional Administrative court. 


With the North West region rated high as a source, transit and destination zone for cross-border trafficking in persons in view of its boundaries with Nigeria, the task force according to Justice Awasung is expected to tackle various forms of exploitations like sexual, forced labour, domestic and human organs trade. 
As a major step to meet with the provisions of the 2011 Law in Cameroon on the fight against human rights trafficking and slavery, North West Regional Governor Adolph Lele L’Afrique commissioned a 22 man multidisciplinary task force committee in September 2013 to coordinate activities in the region following a creation of the inter-Ministerial Committee to fight trafficking in persons through task forces in each region.
According to the Task Force team leader corroborated by a representative of NKUMU FED FED! a partner civil society actor, some results have been achieved particularly the some 31 victims of human trafficking being freed and supervised for reinsertion and several offenders prosecuted and convicted in the region. However she indicated that there is need to expand the scope, institute a focal point, simplify the laws for all to access, train traditional and municipal authorities on issues of human rights protection amongst others for more results to be achieve.  The wish for the judicial system to act fast and serve as a deterrent to perpetrators and provision of public institutions for accommodation of affected children being trafficked has also been expressed.
While expressing satisfaction with the report presented, the French Diplomat intimated that ending human trafficking is fully part of French government’s policy reason why the funds are provided. H.E Gilles will then proceed to demand regular reports not more than six months as a way to have a firsthand understanding of what is being done and what can be done.
Amongst those who have been working in the area in the Region with funds from the French Government is The Research Center for Peace, Human Rights and Development REPERID that has been caring a special action against the purchase and sell of babies with special interest on strengthening cross-border checks, security and judicial cooperation to enhance the fight against trafficking in person particularly babies between Cameroon and Nigeria.
Covering five countries of the Gulf of Guinea that is Cameroon, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria and Benin, this reporter gathered that through a solidarity Fund, France has trained and equipped Magistrates, Police, and Gendarmerie officers in some of the countries on trafficking in persons and has also helped them in elaborating cooperation strategies to fight the phenomenon.

Derick BAKAH

Derick BAKAH

Bakah Derick is a Broadcast Presenter and Multimedia specialist with focus on sharing with the rest of the world the daily happenings in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. You can contact us on +237 675460750 or debakah2004@gmail.com.

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