Ghana listed under three stages of human trafficking
The Global Anti-Human Trafficking data, has listed Ghana under all the three major human trafficking stages, which comprise origin, transit and destination.
Mr Thomas Antom, Controller of Immigration, of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS)in charge of Aflao made this known at the weekend at the close of a four-day workshop at Dzodze in connection with the establishment of an Anti-Human Trafficking Desk in the town.
He said 39 human trafficking cases, with victims mainly teenage girls from West Africa, were recorded by his sector within a year.
Mr Antom said there is a case pending before court, involving some Chinese and their Ghanaian collaborator, suspected to have trafficked six Chinese girls into Ghana through Aflao.
The capacity building workshop, mainly for GIS staff on the desk, attracted participants from the Ghana Police Service, Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) and the Bureau of National Investigations.
It was on the theme: “Getting Tough on Human Trafficking.”
Topics treated at the workshop, which was organised by the Migrations Management Unit of the GIS with sponsorship from UNICEF include, Overview of Human Trafficking in Ghana, Interviewing Profiling and Intelligence Gathering and Surveillance and Legislations on Human Trafficking.
Mr Eric Appiah Okrah, Child Protection Specialist of UNICEF, observed that human trafficking is a hydra-headed problem demanding the collaborative efforts of stakeholders to fight it.
He said the willingness of UNICEF to help establish the desk was one component to the fight the menace and urged the security agencies to join hands against the danger.
Mr Okrah said GIS desks would be established at three other borders by next year, to combat human trafficking.
He said the fledgling petroleum business in Ghana could lead to the upsurge of human trafficking from the poor areas of the country to oil producing communities.
Ms Judith Djokoto, Assistant Director of Immigration, responsible for Migration Management said the workshop would enhance the skills of immigration officials to co-ordinate with other stakeholders.
Mr Evans Klutse, Aflao Sector CEPS Commander said information on human trafficking should be disseminated in every language for the understanding of the average Ghanaian.