Terrorism thrives on human trafficking, says expert Dec 08, 2017 0 557 12345 Hisham AljundiDohaONE of the main reasons for the growing menace of terrorism is large-scale human trafficking, said a Singaporean expert on the second day of the 5th Interpol Global Conference on Trafficking in Human Beings and Smuggling of Migrants on Thursday.Dr Rohan Gunaratna of the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore said that Islamic State Group (ISIS), which has emerged as the largest terror organisation of the decade, thrives on its association with international human trafficking networks that smuggle thousands into Syria, Iraq and other conflict areas.He pointed out that ISIS is expanding internationally by smuggling foreign fighters whose total number is estimated at approximately 21,000, including even graduates of international universities. Gunaratna called for curbing trafficking in human beings through effective partnership among countries and creating a"common database by involving anti-trafficking officers from those countries". He also called for exchange of expertise among countries, establishment of joint operations and advanced training for those engaged in the field. Speaking at a panel discussion on multiple criminal activities and smuggling of migrants, Spanish security expert Alvaro Rod Riggis Gaia (Europol Centre) said that 45 percent of the terrorist groups in the European Union have links with other criminal activities and 50 percent of the financing of criminal operations is done through cash payments and hawala system. He noted that the multiple criminal activities needed a cross-border response and support for airport law enforcement authorities, referring to the terrorist attacks in the European Union.He said that he established a special centre to combat human trafficking and terrorism in 2016. Michael Calvo from the Department of Homeland Security of the United States said that those engaged in human trafficking often seek unauthorised access to financial institutions by requesting services to send financial transactions to accounts in the areas where criminals live. Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES UDHR awareness drive to commence today Dec 08, 2017 0 210 Fath Al Khair reaches Oman, to leave for Doha today Dec 08, 2017 0 532 NHRC urges siege nations to respect basic rights Dec 08, 2017 0 231 Emir, Indonesian president confer on phone The Emir His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani on Thursday held a telephone conversation with President of Indonesia Joko Widodo. During the telephone conversation, the two sides reviewed ways to boost bilateral .. DICID condemns US for recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital QNA Doha Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue has condemned the US president's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, pointing out that the decision will disrupt the hopes of the peace .. Blockading countries aim to destabilise Qatar's stability: Envoy to Dominica QNA Roseau The siege countries aimed to destabilise security and stability of Qatar by adopting various methods such as electronic piracy, false accusations of supporting terrorism and the 13 demands that were ..