Taxi drivers to help prevent human trafficking
A series of training programs to encourage taxi drivers to help
prevent human trafficking has been conducted by the ILO. The training
brought together 130 airport taxi drivers, 125 three-wheeler drivers and
125 taxi cab drivers.
The rationale for the program was that taxi drivers, through the
nature of their job, come into contact with offenders and victims of
trafficking and as such, can help law enforcement authorities by
reporting such cases.
The training was designed to increase the reporting of cases and to
support effective investigations and successful prosecutions. It is also
expected that program participants will help to increase awareness about
safe migration and trafficking prevention in their communities.
It included sessions on human trafficking, child trafficking,relevant
national laws and penalties, the investigation and reporting of cases,
legal recruitment and safe migration for foreign employment. During an
interactive case study group session the participants roll-played
situations in which they could support law enforcement.
The training was organised by the ILO's Prevention of Trafficking in
Persons Project, in Negombo and Colombo in May 2012. The program was
planned in collaboration with the 'Airport Express Union', and Kangaroo
Cabs (Pvt) Ltd., Nano Cabs (Pvt) Ltd, Budget Taxi, Romaka (Pvt) Ltd,
Fair Taxi (Pvt) Ltd, and Quick Cabs (Pvt) Ltd. Resource persons included
representatives from the Police, Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment
(SLBFE) and National Child Protection Authority (NCPA).