From May 31 to June 01, 2023, in cooperation with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Programme Office in Astana, the EU-funded Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA 10) organised a training session on Countering Trafficking in Human Beings, applying modern digital tools for the operative officers from several border and central regions of Kazakhstan and teaching staff of the Karaganda Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, named after Barimbek Beisenov. The training session was organised in the framework of the Programme’s Component 4 aimed at improvement of cross-border cooperation, with the focus - on advancing human rights and support to vulnerable groups, such as victims of human trafficking, amongst other issues.
The joint activity aimed at building the skills of the operatives in the application of modern technological approaches in identification and investigation of cases of human trafficking in the Republic of Kazakhstan and identifying implications for border regions. Experts from the Karaganda Academy trained participants covering such topics as existing Kazakh legislation in the area of human trafficking, pillars of analytical intelligence, data collection tools and analysis, especially when only fragmentary information is available, social media as a source of information, methods of operational-search activity in the era of digitalization, and systematised processing and maintenance of data collected online.
The newly acquired skills will be applied by the participants to conduct counter trafficking activities in the border regions in Kazakhstan, contributing to security and stability for people residing in the border areas.