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20/12/2010

Le travail forcé des enfants en Afrique

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http://www.liberation.fr/monde/01012309163-gabon-140-enfants-victimes-de-travail-force-delivres-par-la-police

Gabon:

140 enfants victimes de travail forcé délivrés par la police

L'opération a été menée sur des marchés de la capitale par la police gabonaise et coordonnée par Interpol. 

Cent quarante enfants originaires de dix pays et victimes de travail forcé sur des marchés de Libreville ont été délivrés par la police gabonaise à l'issue d'une opération coordonnée par Interpol, a indiqué lundi l'organisation policière basée à Lyon (*).

Au total, «44 personnes ont été interpellées au cours de cette opération, qui s'est déroulée le 9 décembre et constitue la première de cette nature en Afrique centrale», annonce Interpol dans un communiqué.

Durant l'intervention, les enquêteurs ont retrouvé «des enfants de six ans chargés de nombreuses tâches, de la manutention d'objets pesants à la vente de produits».

Les enfants ont été pris en charge par les autorités à l'issue de cette opération menée en collaboration avec le ministère de la Santé, des Affaires sociales, du Travail et des Affaires étrangères, ainsi qu'avec diverses ONG et travailleurs sociaux.

Des opérations similaires ont été menées en octobre au Burkina Faso et en Côte d'Ivoire, conclut Interpol.

(Source AFP)

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(*) http://www.interpol.int/Public/ICPO/PressReleases/PR2010/PR109.asp

20 December 2010

Gabon police rescue 140 victims of child trafficking and labour in INTERPOL co-ordinated operation




More than 140 children from 10 countries were rescued from forced labour.


A final briefing before officers take part in Operation Bana in Libreville, Gabon.

 

LIBREVILLE, Gabon – Police in Gabon have rescued more than 140 children who had been trafficked from 10 different countries to work as forced labour in local markets, in an INTERPOL-led operation codenamed Bana.

Some 44 people were arrested in the operation, which took place from 9-11 December and was the first operation of its kind in Central Africa.

During the operation, teams of officials carried out checks at market stalls in the capital city Libreville, where children as young as six years old were working in a variety of roles, from carrying heavy goods, to selling products.

The children were taken into care following the operation which was led by police with support from a number of ministries including health, social affairs, work and foreign affairs, in addition to non governmental organizations and social workers.

Investigations are continuing and Gabon authorities have now pledged to carry out regular similar operations to identify and rescue children from forced labour and ensure they received the schooling they require.

“The success of this operation in identifying and rescuing children who were being forced to work is a strong start and Gabon’s decision to continue this work will lead to hundreds more children being saved,” said Jon Eyers, Assistant Director of INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Human Beings unit.

“Operation Bana clearly shows what can be achieved through the co-ordination of resources and support to assist national police in protecting children from trafficking and exploitation,” added Mr Eyers, whose unit has also co-ordinated similar operations in Burkina Faso in October, and in Côte d’Ivoire.

Prior to the three-day operation, training workshops had been organized by INTERPOL at its Regional Bureau in Cameroon and at the National Central Bureau in Libreville to ensure that officers on the ground are trained in a range of skills including specialist interview techniques.

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