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Mon, 05 Jul 2010 11:53 - Updated Tue, 06 Jul 2010 08:57

Illegal immigration contributes to human trafficking

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Secretary of State for Human Rights, António Bento Bembe


Luanda – Illegal immigration, besides other negative factors, constitutes a contribution to human trafficking, phenomenon that is likely to increase in Angola, affirmed the secretary of State for human rights.

In an interview to ANGOP, António Bento Bembe, stressed that many illegal immigrants practise this act in Angola, anxious to submit the victims to forced labour or attempt to acculturate the  country, with promotion of religious practises with little expression in Angolan.

Bento Bembe affirmed that the government, through the Interior Ministry, will organise actions aimed at alerting about the dangers of this phenomenon.

The secretary of State for Human Rights mentioned the case of a child that disappeared from a church in Luanda and was found on the same day in Namibia, without reasonable explanations from border authorities.

For this fact, the secretary of State appealed for higher vigilance to the officers of the Migration and Foreigners Services (SME), Border Police and Population in general, to preserve such phenomenon from happening.

Bento Bembe concluded by stating that the National Plan of the Population Education on Human Rights, being elaborated by his sector, will be implemented with an aim of warning people about  the dangers of human trafficking.