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Geneticists coordinate action to fight against traffic in human beings


Expert Meeting and Agreements

Experts in genetic identification from Brazil, China, Arab Emirates, Spain, USA, Philippines, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and United Nations (UNODC) had met in Granada (Spain 26th and 27th October 2009) to first Forerunner DNA - Prokids Scientific Group Meeting.

The Group Meeting, supported by the Counsellor of Regional Department for Justice and Public Administrations of Andalusia, has agreed a series of commitments to foster international partnerships for joint action against human trafficking, especially in children.

Work guidelines established in Granada might help to deter this crime in a short and long term, developing and maintaining a National Quick Response Database (QD) with DNA samples obtained from children found outside their families, victims of prostitution, forced labour, militants activities, illegal adoptions, etc., as well as a second Relational or familiar Database (RD) containing the information of missing children, possible victims of the mentioned crimes.

Experts of the participant's countries agreed in the necessity of developing two databases in each country, according to their means and legal framework. They considered it was a priority to start working on it as soon as possible and to coordinate their actions. The DNA-Prokids Programme will provide altruistic collaboration on the following aspects

  1. Use of shared protocols for DNA sample collection and custody.
  2. Definition of the common and minimum group of genetic markers to be used in order to make data and analysis compatible in International databases.
  3. Design and development of database software adapted to DNA PROKIDS requirements and data, to be used national and internationally.
  4. Offer collaboration to national governments and international bodies, implementing agreements though expert training, sample collection kits di

Contact: Antonio Marn
University of Granada

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