Local administration and opinion leaders in Gasabo District have been urged to be at the forefront in combating all forms of crimes.
They were reminded to understand the nature and how some crimes are committed and work with the people and the police to prevent them, and ensure that suspects are arrested.
The call was made recently during a meeting that was also attended by members of the civil society including religious leaders.
Inspector of Police (IP)Theogene R. Mugabo, the District Community Liaison Officer for Gasabo, urged them to focus on high impact crimes like human trafficking, domestic and gender based violence, corruption and drug abuse.
Explaining on how human trafficking is carried out, the DCLO said that unscrupulous people entice especially youth with money, jobs and education before trapping them in activities such as human labor, sexual exploitation and human organs.
“Human trafficking is a hidden crime that is usually conducted by people who pretend to be well-meaning but try to manipulate unsuspecting people, especially girls not to reveal their plan to anyone," IP Mugabo said.
He said that combating it requires concerted efforts and coordinated teamwork between residents and police, which is crucial in identifying victims so they can be rescued and help bring their perpetrators to justice.