The registration and verification of refugees and asylum seekers in The Gambia, and police complaints that they are faced with problems in tackling trafficking dominated newspapers in The Gambia on Monday. The Daily Observer newspaper reported that The Gambia Commission for Refugees (GCR) in collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) conducted registration and verification of refugees and asylum seekers in The Gambia.
Mr. Brima Jaiteh, the protection officer of UNHCR in The Gambia, said it is two to three years since the last update of the refugee population.
He said the current exercise is meant to register all refugees and asylum seekers with the GCR and UNHCR so that their presence is recognised in the country they reside in.
The Standard newspaper reported that The Gambia Police Force has admitted problems and challenges that they are faced with in tackling trafficking in persons into and from The Gambia.
Police spokesman ASP David Kujabi told The Standard that there are no organised rings in The Gambia that have been identified to be engaged in human trafficking, even though isolated cases were often brought to their attention.
However, he added that most of those end up becoming cold after they launch their investigations.
The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) 2014 Report has identified The Gambia as a source and destination country for women and children subjected to forced labour and sex trafficking.
ASP David Kujabi explained: Police have problems with cases of trafficking in persons because victims or their families do not show willingness to go further with investigations.
“Most times, we receive calls [from the victims and their families] to drop the matter. That makes it difficult for us to pursue them.
Meanwhile, The Point newspaper reported that a Senegalese Major General Alioune Wade has ended a five-day mission to Banjul on 27th June to inspect the military posts at the Gambia-Senegal borders.
( Courtesy AGENCIES …….. Source …….. NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS)