HUMAN trafficking is real and the opening up of ports of entries in the North can also be an open door for those involved in the trade.
Speaking to a group of youths at a recent workshop, North divisional manager community policing officer acting Assistant Superintendent of Police Viliame Soko said people needed to be wary of such criminal elements that enter their areas.
Acting ASP Soko said they had started going out to communities talking to them about human trafficking.
"Our community members need to be aware that these forms of threats are out there for them to know what actions to take," he said.
"Look out for people acting suspiciously and report the matter to your nearest police station. We cannot work alone, we need a joint approach to tackle this issue."
AASP Soko said communities in coastal areas needed to report suspicious activities involving yachts or boats to the nearest police station.
"Human trafficking is a very new crime in Fiji and sometimes people's ignorance of these issues may make them vulnerable to the people that carry out this form of trade."