Police from 17 countries gathered in Ho Chi Minh City to strengthen regional efforts to fight human trafficking, with 25 law enforcement officials from across Southeast Asia and South Asia participating in the 35th Asia Region Law Enforcement Management Program (ARLEMP) which began on September 1.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner for Operation Sovereign Borders, Steve Lancaster, said “Through collaborative action, police are able to apply maximum pressure in detecting and deterring human traffickers. By working together, we can more effectively target organized criminal networks and prevent crimes involving the irregular movement of people.”
“Vietnam joins the international community in condemning those people who are involved in human trafficking. As a result, Vietnam is pleased to cooperate with Australia to provide an opportunity for police to work together to stop human trafficking crimes,” said Major General Nguyen Phi Hung, deputy director general of the Police General Department for Crime Prevention and Control.
ARLEMP graduates have gone to be appointed to international roles as Police Liaison Officers with the United Nations and other leading international taskforce teams addressing transnational crime, and often credit ARLEMP for helping them forge links and develop working relationships with other foreign law enforcement agencies.
Through these positions, ARLEMP graduates are mobilizing successful actions to fight serious organized crimes, including money laundering and human trafficking.-