Written by Tharushan Fernando
09 Mar, 2016 | 11:42 am
The third Law Enforcement Joint Management Group Conference on People Smuggling was held in Colombo on Tuesday. The three-day conference which is organised by the Sri Lanka Police and the Australian Federal Police was graced by Minister of Law and Order Sagala Ratnayake.
“Many, many centuries ago, it would have been human trafficking, exploitation. Now more and more trafficking is going out and it is becoming human smuggling”, said the Minister of Law and Order
He added that a country like Sri Lanka will also have to look into their laws, not just in relation to human smuggling but in terms of modern policing.
“We have a very old Police Act, we have some very old legislation”, he said and went on to note that with crimes also becoming modernised, technologically advanced human smuggling can be used for bigger things – drugs and terrorism
Inspector General of Police N.K. Illangakoon stated that the police encounter complex challenges caused by organised criminal syndicates and individual criminal elements. And current transnational crime trends such as human smuggling, trafficking and exploiting of men, women and children are very likely to bring about adverse social and economic impact in the region. He stated that countries attending the forum should be very much mindful of repercussions and of the impact that would be brought about on their countries due to activities of such syndicates and elements
Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Bryce Hutchesson noted that Australia and Sri Lanka have been working together for a number of years, to combat people smuggling.
“We worked together to detect, deter and disrupt people smuggling operations. And the work of the Sri Lankan Government especially the Sri Lankan Police and other agencies represented here including the Attorney General’s Department have been critical to that endeavour” said the High commissioner
He added that the combined efforts have produced excellent results and since Operation Sovereign Borders commenced in 2013, every people-smuggling boat from Sri Lanka that had attempted to come to Australia has failed.
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