Weekly News Update

A group of slave fishermen prepare to leave Benjina island in Indonesia in September 2015. Credit: © IOM 2015


South Africa: The private security industry throughout the whole Free State province will be under the microscope to check the level of compliance with labour laws. The Department of Labour, through its Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES) chief directorate will be conducting blitz inspections at various private security companies from the 15 - 17 March 2016: http://www.gov.za/speeches/private-security-be-focal-point-during-department-labour%E2%80%99s-blitz-inspections-10-mar-2016


United Kingdom: The year 2015 saw the Gloucestershire taxpayer contribute £16,000 to drafting in private security staff to guard police investigation scenes: http://www.gloucestershireecho.co.uk/Drafting-private-security-guard-police/story-28819417-detail/story.html#ixzz42ybeoHHb 


Yemen: The first batch of mercenaries from the private US military firm DynCorp has arrived in the Yemeni city of Aden to replace paid militants from another American company: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/03/07/454304/Yemen-mercenaries-Blackwater-DynCorp  


Indonesia: Research is revealing troubling new details about human trafficking in the fisheries sector in Indonesia, an IOM-sponsored maritime security focus group discussion was told this week in Jakarta. The research includes a review of IOM’s assessment interviews conducted since April 2015 with more than 1,100 foreign victims. Representatives of Indonesia’s new coast guard, the national defence university, the national IUU task force, and the national police, have emphasized the need for regional cooperation to address maritime security issues: https://www.iom.int/news/crimes-sea-focus-new-indonesian-research-maritime-security-forum-told


Seychelles: Naval and coast guard personnel from 18 nations gathered for an annual exercise to bolster Indian Ocean maritime security. “Enhancing cooperation between East African nations in order to extend the umbrella of maritime security is critical”, said Commodore Jaimie Hatcher, representing the Royal Australian Navy. The exercise is part of the African Partnership Station series of events: http://news.navy.gov.au/en/Mar2016/Operations/2745#.Vu_sWtKrS70