Haiti's Police chief launches new unit to combat child trafficking at the border

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 Under: Security
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Haiti's police Chief, Michel-Ange Gedeon is in the border city of Ouanaminthe today, to launch the recently created unit within the Haitian National Police (PNH) that will have the mission to combat child trafficking at this border town. The unit will comprise of 100 officers as well as a numbers of drones.

Every year thousands of Haitian children are trafficked. They usually are the street children, who have nowhere to go after fleeing abuse or being abandoned by their parents and, those who have been deported to Haiti from the dominican republic without their parents. In all, 4,167 presumed unaccompanied and separated children were returned to Haiti from the Dominican Republic between July and September, according to IOM’s tracking data. And most of them came across the Massacre River Bridge in Ouanaminthe.

The Haitian government under the leadership of President Jovenel Moise, has been doing more to combat this serious problem, as this new police unit demonstrates. The United States, which earlier this year removed Haiti from its black list of countries with serious human trafficking problems, due to the progress made; welcomes that Haiti’s child welfare agency has partnered not just with international agencies, but also with the Haiti National Police and its child brigade unit “to make that border crossing more difficult.”

International agencies invloved in the welfare of children as well as diplomats from many countries, also applaud the Haitian Chief of Police and reassure him of their support.

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