The Sri Lanka navy says with assistance from the Australian government on capacity and capability enhancement, Sri Lanka has been able to almost stop human trafficking operations to Australia.
However the navy says traffickers are using other avenues possible, like allowing the migrants to fly to another country and to transfer by boat to Australian shores.
Rear Admiral D.M.B Wettewa of the Sri Lanka Navy said this while speaking on the last day of the two day Defence Seminar in Colombo today.
“The major concern of the global community and the UN organizations are to first stop the numbers dying. Then to regulate the migration process and protect the victims within the shores. The factors affecting illegal migration and the role of the human racketeers need to be suppressed. Sharing of information in the regard is a crucial factor. A corporative approach is required for this. For Sri Lanka, thankfully, with the corporation and assistance by the Australian government on capacity and capability enhancement, we have been able to almost stop the Human Trafficking operations to Australia. But the traffickers are using other avenues possible, like allowing the migrants to fly to another country and to transfer by boat to Australian shores,” Rear Admiral D.M.B Wettewa said.
He also said that the issues of human smuggling between Sri Lanka and Australia and the piracy in the Malacca strait have been addressed by bilateral and tri lateral cooperative approaches. We will find this approach in many other maritime security issues in the future too. Where Brad coalitions and small regional partnerships tackling issue differently. This is one of the main themes I highlighted at the inception. (Colombo Gazette)