Anti-human trafficking efforts gains new grounds with $1.5 million grant from government

Anti-human trafficking efforts gains new grounds with $1.5 million grant from government

- Government has given out $1.5 million towards the fight against human trafficking

- Otiko Afisa Djaba has instructed participants to ensure that the fight against human trafficking is a national responsibility

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Human trafficking in Ghana has slowly been gaining traction for it inhumane activities meted out to unsuspecting victims.

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Due to the growing activities of trafficking the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba has instructed participants to ensure that the fight against human trafficking is a national responsibility.

File Photo

File Photo

She remarked the human trafficking destroys lives, it is offensive and punishable by 5 – 25yrs imprisonment.

Human trafficking is the second highest and largest illegal trade close behind drug trafficking and generated a whopping $150 billion dollars in 2014.

According to Otiko Djaba the most persons trafficked are women and children who are vulnerable persons and due to this they are being exploited in various communities engaging in very demeaning activities.

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Speaking at the media launch of the UN Day against Human Trafficking – Blue Day Commemoration, she confirmed that government has allocated GHC 1.5 million to the human trafficking secretariat in order to support the fight against human trafficking alongside the Human Trafficking National Plan of Action to be launched on July 19, as part of activities to eradicate the act.

Otiko Djaba

Otiko Djaba

There is a joint rescue operation by the ministry in conjunction with the Ghana Police Service on the Volta Lake to ensure the curbing of the act.

They disclosed that their efforts proved to be a success where 55 victims have been rescued 27 suspects have been arrested and are facing prosecution whilst the rescued women and children are under rehabilitation and human trafficking culprits have been arrested in Ho and Accra.

She appealed to caretakers to end the act of selling their wards into servile duty.

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