UNICEF provides technical assistance in preventing trafficking
11 June 2008, Ulaanbaatar – Every day thousands of Mongolians and foreigners cross Mongolian border. UNICEF Mongolia continues providing its technical support to Border Protection General Board (BPGB) in strengthening border-controlling system and improving registration database that is used in all border posts to maintain records of every individual, including children accompanying adults and foreigners, who cross the Mongolian border.
BPGB uses database software that enables to retrieve all information about the person who leaves or enters Mongolia. Thus, the database can play a role in contributing towards improving internal security. It allows to prevent any violation in borders such as trafficking of girls and women, usage of fake passports, as well as to take timely actions to seize suspected individuals who attempt to leave the country. Moreover, it provides detailed information and figures on how many Mongolian children have left the country and how many of them returned. Based on the information it is possible to do analysis and take measures to prevent and protect children and women from trafficking as well as share these data with other institutions. BPGB is one of the main government agencies in implementing the National Plan of Action on Protection of women and children from trafficking and sexual exploitation approved in 2005.
Today UNICEF Mongolia handed over 20 more new brand computers to the BPGD that would be used at 20 border-crossing posts, which used to keep all information and records of people and transportations that cross the border in hard copies. Now 20 more border-crossing posts would be connected to the database network, which enables them efficiently register and control passengers and transportation.
Mr. G.Ganbat, vice head of Passport Control Department of the BPGB, emphasized in his opening speech a significance of using a unified database by all border-crossing posts throughout the country as well as other law enforcement organizations. Mr. G.Ganbat thanked UNICEF Mongolia for its support and close collaboration in strengthening Mongolia’s border control activities.
Since July 2006, the BPGD has started developing a database network that retains citizens’ information and data available at law enforcement and controlling organizations such as General Intelligence Department, Police General Department, State Center for Civil Registration and Information and Foreign Citizens Registration Office.