Morocco, DRC Discuss Means to Develop Bilateral Cooperation in Fight against Human Trafficking

The Public Prosecutor at the Court of Cassation and President of the Public Prosecution, El Hassan Daki, on Thursday held talks in Rabat with the DRC’s coordinator of the Agency for Prevention and the fight against trafficking in persons (APLTP), Cécile Rébeca Meta Kasanda, which focused on the means to step up bilateral cooperation in this area. This meeting was an opportunity to discuss the role of the prosecution in these cases and to highlight the Moroccan institutional and legislative experience in the fight against these practices, Daki told M24 TV Channel. For her part, Ms. Meta Kasanda said that “in the fight against human trafficking, the public prosecutor plays a very important role in dismantling networks and arresting traffickers”. The prosecution is also called upon to “help the courts to better qualify the facts and to propose appropriate sentences in their indictments”, she added. Discussions also focused on Morocco’s legislative experience, coordination between services and the conduct of investigations in cases relating to criminal acts. This meeting is part of the visit to Morocco of the coordinator of the APLTP and the accompanying delegation with a view to learning about the Kingdom’s expertise in this field. Human Trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of people through force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them for profit. Men, women and children of all ages and from all backgrounds can become victims of this crime, which occurs in every region of the world. The traffickers often use violence or fraudulent employment agencies and fake promises of education and job opportunities to trick and coerce their victims.