Private security guards will receive training on human trafficking

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Private security personnel will receive training on how to recognize and combat human trafficking as part of the plans developed by the Private Security Authority (PSA).

According to its 2020 annual report, the PSA last year developed new training requirements for people working in the areas of gate supervisors, security guards and event security.

Although delayed due to Covid-19, the PSA plans to announce a new schedule for training courses shortly following consultations with industry stakeholders.

The courses will expand learning in “areas such as conflict prevention and reduction, effective crowd control, drug awareness and identification, effective entry and exit control measures, and the responsibilities of the person responsible for security under data protection legislation”.

The PSA also recently provided training providers with new mandatory physical intervention training guidelines for those working in the gate supervisor and event industries.

Chief Executive Paul Scallan said PSA is working with MECPATHS on developing an e-learning platform for the security industry to raise awareness and help prevent human trafficking.

He said: “I believe that the security sector has a unique contribution to make in the fight against all crimes, including human trafficking. The nature of their work means that security personnel have access to areas that are often restricted to the public and are trained to observe and identify cases of crime.

Hildegarde Naughton, Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice, added: “Earlier this month I launched a campaign with the International Office for Migration to make people aware that human trafficking is a crime that is happening here. The campaign aims to make everyone aware of the signs of human trafficking if they come across it in any context.

“Frontline staff have a particular role to play in this and my department is funding the development of training, through NGOs, targeting frontline staff in sectors such as hospitality, airlines and maritime transport who may come into contact with trafficked persons.

“Providing similar training to security personnel will create a stronger and wider network of people, present in various sectors and contexts, who can work with us to help identify victims of trafficking so that we can ensure that they get the help they need.”

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