Dr. Afisah Zakariah, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, has urged law enforcement authorities to have a strong workforce to combat human trafficking and illegal migration.
Women and girls, according to Dr. Zakariah, are more vulnerable to human trafficking in other nations, where they are forced to participate in horrific actions in the guise of work.
Last Friday, she made the remarks during a three-day workshop for security agencies.
“Many women and girls are tricked and transported to other countries in search of work, but they end up as slaves to their lords,” she lamented.
Human trafficking, she stated, is a threat to national development as well as a major crime against humanity and the law.
Human trafficking, she claims, is the world’s second-largest commerce and organized crime.
“The main goal of this capacity-building event is to help our law enforcement officers gain a better understanding of human trafficking concerns so they can combat it,” she said.
Abena Annobea Asare, the head of the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection’s Human Trafficking Secretariat, stated human trafficking is the world’s second largest black market trade.
This, she observed, necessitates a more effective and efficient collaboration among all stakeholders in order to avoid Ghana from becoming a trading hub.
Abena Annobea Asare is also concerned that, now that border restrictions have been loosened, there would be an increase in human trafficking, with increased measures expected.
She believes that by the end of the training, participants will have a better grasp of human trafficking and victim identification, resulting in a higher number of prosecutions.
According to her, 831 victims of human trafficking were rescued in 2021, with more than 30 prosecutions still pending.
In a statement, the Volta Regional Police Commander, COP Edward Oduro Kwateng, said that human trafficking has become a global issue that necessitates the collaboration of all stakeholders to combat the menace.
It is an affront to human dignity and a violation of individual rights, he said, and it is a criminal offense under the Human Trafficking Law, Act 694, which was passed in 2005.
“In order to combat this threat, we have to improve collaboration among partners,” he said.