Ibrahim Adams, the Managing Director of Ibadams Ghana Travel and Tours Limited, has been granted bail in the sum of GH¢20,000.00 with two sureties, for alleged human trafficking and exploitation.
The accused person, a 28 year-old businessman based in Kwesimintsim, a suburb of Takoradi, was charged with the offence by a Takoradi Circuit court on Tuesday.
He pleaded not guilty to the offence and would re-appear before the court in a fortnight, for further hearing.
Prosecuting officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Richard Boatey told the court, presided over by her ladyship Rita Duku that the complainant was a statistician at the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) whose sister, Hajaratu Issaha, 28, was trafficked to the Gulf country of Kuwait supposedly to work as a driver with a promise of a lucrative salary in July this year.
However, according to the complainant, when Hajara arrived in Kuwait her passport was seized and she was sold out as a housemaid and made to go through dehumanizing treatments aside working for 24 hours without rest, while her allowances were paid to an agent of Ibadams Travel and Tours.
Due to the heavy burden of work without rest on her, Hajara fell sick and called Adams on phone pleading with him to assist her to return to Ghana, but all her pleas fell on deaf ears.
Issaha then pleaded with one Mohammed Nawfer Abdul Latif, the Agent in Kuwait, who received her allowances, to assist her return home.
The agent called Issaha’s relatives in Ghana and demanded $2,000 US dollars from them before she would be released.
Issaha’s brother out of curiosity lodged a complaint with the police in Ghana and who caused the arrest of Ibrahim on November 2.
When the police conducted a search in his office, they discovered that the accused person had so far illegally trafficked six persons to Kuwait and Dubai through his travel agency, which had not been properly registered with the Registrar General’s Department to operate.