Three Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents are coming to Palau to conduct training on Human Trafficking investigation slated November 14 to 16 at the Palau Marine Law Conference Room.

Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator Jennifer Anson told Island Times that Palau had previously requested for the FBI’s assistance hence, resulting to the training.

FBI’s Supervisory Special Agents Tamara McKen and Marty Parker and Victim Specialist Monica Rowsey will be coming to Palau to help improve Palau’s investigation skills especially in human trafficking cases.

The topics to be discussed include adult sex trafficking, labor trafficking, investigations based on human trafficking statutes, case integration between prosecutors and investigators, Violent Crimes Against Children (VCAC), and providing services to victims of human trafficking.

The anti-human trafficking office has been set up to deal with human trafficking issues and complaints in Palau. It is part of Palau’s efforts to improve its status from Tier 2 to Tier 1 in the United States Trafficking of Persons report.

Tier 2 rating is given to countries whose governments do not fully meet the reports’ minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)