HST trains 65 personnel on human trafficking
The Human Trafficking Secretariat (HTS) of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with Expertise France are currently training another batch of sixty-five (65) Law enforcement officers and three (3) Social workers in the Volta Region on Human trafficking issues.

Date Created : 5/20/2022 12:00:00 AM : Story Author :

The purpose of the training is to enhance the basic skills of law enforcement agencies and social workers with regards to the identification and management of human trafficking cases. It would also allow the HTS to further educate the targeted participants on the relevant laws of human trafficking.

The Head of Human Trafficking Secretariat, Madam Abena Annobea Asare, on behalf of the Chief Director of MoGCSP, Dr. Afisah Zakariah, commended the tireless efforts and sacrifices of the various law enforcement agencies in their fight against human trafficking which has contributed to Ghana maintaining the tier two ranking for four consecutive years since 2017.

She informed participants that, the Ministry has so far trained 300 Law Enforcement officers in the fight against human trafficking and irregular migration.In 2021, 831 victims were rescued with 32 prosecutions and 17 convictions using the HT Act. She again announced that two Government shelters have facilitated these improvements in the entire process.

She added that, the Ministry intends to strengthen collaboration among partners to fight against Human Trafficking menace across the country. On behalf of the Ministry, she commended Expertise France being the Project implementers and the European Union for funding these projects.

The Volta Regional Police Commander, COP Edward Oduro Kwateng who was present at the occasion, also said, the Regional Police Command through the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit at the Regional Police headquarters-Ho, has also embarked on a number of rescue operations with support from NGOs and the Department of Social Welfare which has led to the rescue of victims and arrest of perpetrators.

According to him, the perpetrators have been prosecuted and are serving various sentences in prison. He added that, as stakeholders the onus lies upon them to enforce the provisions in the law to identify, rescue and protect victims of human trafficking and to bring perpetrators to justice.

On his part, the Volta Regional Commander of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Rev. DSI Daniel Nyampong noted that the GIS has dedicated a whole unit to help in combating trans-national organized crime; which is the Anti-Human Smuggling and trafficking in Person Unit (AHSTIP) as mandated to help contribute their quota to curb this menace.

He disclosed that, the GIS had as of 4th quarter 2021 to the first quarter of 2022 intercepted and repatriated a total of 168 people between the ages of 18 and 35 of whom some were suspected cases of human trafficking.‘Out of this number were 119 males and 49 females’, he mentioned.

According to him, these people are often coerced and lured by various syndicates who promise them avenues of job opportunities in Ghana only for them to be introduced to crimes such as cybercrime, illegal drug trade, money laundering, prostitution among others.

He therefore, called on all security agencies especially the GIS to be extra vigilant in the discharge of their duties so as to counter any transnational organized crime syndicate as a result of the reopening of the various land borders.

The Acting Chief Director of the Volta Regional Coordinating Council, Mr. Prosper Kumi Afenyo also called on relevant stakeholders to ensure that there is constant collaboration to achieve the desired results needed to strengthen national security and development.

A statement read on behalf of the GRA-Customs Division Regional Commander, the Regional Preventive Officer Customs Division-Ho, Godwin Ziggah said information sharing and constant collaboration among relevant stakeholders is crucial to be able to tackle the menace.He also urged all participants to participate fully in the training programme so as to become effective law enforcement officers in their various places of work.