UniFiji celebrates ‘My Freedom Day’

ASP Shiu Chand, Dr Ajantha Perera and Coordinator of the #MyFreedomDay at UniFiji, Shirley Prasad with students. Picture: SUPPLIED

ASP Shiu Chand, Dr Ajantha Perera and Coordinator of the #MyFreedomDay at UniFiji, Shirley Prasad with students. Picture: SUPPLIED

Update: 3:04PM HUMAN trafficking is taken very seriously in Fiji and anyone found guilty of human trafficking can be imprisoned for 12 years.

Assistant Superintendent of Police at the
Namaka Police Station, Shiu Chand highlighted this while speaking to students
of the University of Fiji last week on #MyFreedomDay which was celebrated by
the tertiary institution.

The celebration of the CNN
initiated programme which was initiated by
the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Misir, and coordinated by the Marketing and
Public Relations Officer, Shirley Prasad, was an exciting one which gave the
students as well as the University staff a chance to present their views to the
international community via means of a video.

Mr Chand said human trafficking was not
something that happened all of a sudden as it was a process.

“Human trafficking process is equal to Act+
Means+ Purpose. In the act phase, the trafficker organizes and facilitates the
recruitment and movement of the victim from one place to the other. In the
means phase, the trafficker uses threat, force and or deception to recruit the
victim. The purpose of human trafficking is the money or revenue or other
benefits it brings to the traffickers,” he said.

The theme of the event was on anti-slavery
and will include peaceful, hopeful messages, artwork about survivors and
traffickers to raise awareness about modern day slavery to the
communities. 

UniFiji will also further hold a debate with
the debate statement ‘The Reality of Freedom- Fact or Fiction’.