As one of the activities of its project “Protection of the Rights of Vulnerable Groups in the Archdiocese of Bamenda”, the Justice and Peace Service organized One-Day Trainings for Vigilante Committee members of Mbesa Community in Belo Sub-Division, and Bafut Community in Bafut-Sub-Division.
These trainings took place on the 4th and 27th of February 2016 respectively, recording a total of 51 VC members (13 in Mbesa, and 38 in Bafut) from 8 Vigilante Committees. In a participatory manner, participants were drilled on Trafficking In Persons (TIP); its causes, effects, and the realities of this heinous crime in their communities.
Their roles as Vigilante Committee members were well explained, while encouraging them to continue to sensitize community members on the dangers of sending their children out of the community to work for other people, whether relatives or not.
Educative materials produced by the Service on Law No 2011/024 of 14 December 2011 relating to the fight against Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and Slavery in Cameroon, and a poster on TIP, amongst other materials, were distributed to participants. These materials will go a long way to create awareness on TIP within these communities.
At the end of the training, participants elected their Community Coordinators, Committee Presidents and Secretaries. They were encouraged to work with all the Committee members to come up with an action plan, and to keep in close contact with the Justice and Peace Office, especially through reporting. Contact details of the Service were handed over to each of the members.