BELUN NGO and Chicago University to implement Human Traffic in Person researchers in TL

BELUN NGO and Chicago University to implement Human Traffic in Person researchers in TL

DILI, 22 may 2022 (TATOLI)- Non-governmental Organization BELUN and NORC of Chicago University will conduct Counter in Person Human Trafficking in Timor- Leste by 2022 to identify the certain number of this cases.

The Director of NGO BELUN, Luis Ximenes said the research will be implemented in 2022 by the BELUN NGO and NORC at the University in Chicago to identify human traffic in Timor-Leste.

“The BELUM NGO initiatives will involve all the relevant institutions and organizations to come up with the ideas before implementing the project. The researches also will identify the main causes are motivating human Traffic is happened in the country,” The director of BELUN NGO Luis Ximenes told reports at JL Villa meeting room, fatuhada, this Monday

The research activity Will implements in all municipalities but will initiate from DILI and municipalities that are close to Border areas such as Bobonaru, Covalima, and Oecusse, Ambeno(RAEOA).

“DILI and borders municipalities are potential for human traffic issues. DILI is considered as a center that accommodates many people while the municipalities are close to the neighboring country with free movement,”

Chicago University teacher, Prof. Pione said there is no certain number of victims of human traffic in Timor-Leste, saying, therefore, it requires research to collect certain data for human traffic.

“The corporation is made between Chicago University and BELUN NGO to elaborate some questions for the interview with communities. The focus will be on the issues of sex, economy, culture, and education level,” Prof. Pione from Chicago University on the virtual meeting.

The former President of the commission against human traffic Justice Minister, Marcelina Tilman Da Silva, said the government of Timor-Leste, has approved the decree-law No 9 /2021, establishing the Human traffic commission.

The commission is composed of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MoFAC), the Minister of Interior, Immigration, The Timor-Leste National Police (PNTL), Ministry of Social Solidarity and Inclusion (MoSSI), Ministry of Justice and Civil Society.

The commission for human traffic has prepared the main program that emphasizes prevention, protection, and prosecution to be implemented. 

The commission will train the household mother, local authority, and PNTL, through these programs, with a total budget of 475.000 USD from the government.

Meanwhile, the researcher’s activity is Funded by the United States International Development Agency (USAID) and will be implemented soon in 2022.


Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia Borges




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