The Pacific Transnational Crimes Conference was opened today in Samoa.
With increasing transnational crimes in the region, the Pacific Transnational Crime Network was established in 2002.
The increasing transnational crimes include illicit drug smuggling, child sex tourism, fraud, illegal fishing, money laundering, cybercrime, illegal logging, and human trafficking.
The conference was opened today and will run through for another two days.
Issues to be discussed during the conference include money laundering, counterfeiting, human trafficking and prostitution.
Police representatives across the region are attending the three day conference for open discussions on the rising issues and what should be done to help curb them.
All police representatives will be allowed to share their experiences of the issues as well as their concerns.
Samoa’s Police Commissioner, Egon Keil, said “We’re going to be going through some very, very intense training and some experiences sharing, so we can focus on the regional issues”.