he Human Trafficking Secretariat under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection with support from Expertise France has commenced a three-day Capacity Building workshop for some sixty (60) selected Security Officials on Counter-Trafficking and Irregular Migration towards victim identification and effective prosecution of perpetrators.
The workshop which started today Wednesday, 24th August 2022 and ends on Friday, 26th August 2022 is expected to build the capacity of the Law Enforcement Officers to increase victim identification, and support and prevent Human Trafficking in the country.
It also aims at improving the prosecution and convictions of offenders of human trafficking.
In a keynote address delivered by the Deputy Minister / Minister Designate for the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Lariba Zuweira Abudu (MP), expressed her appreciation to the European Union and Expertise France for the support offered to the Ministry and the Human Trafficking Secretariat during the monitoring exercises in the various regions.
The Minister Designate for MoGCSP indicated that the Ministry as part of the 2022 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons launched the National Plan of Action (NPA) as a commitment to end human trafficking in the country.
“This will help the public gain a better understanding of the complex issues of human trafficking and irregular migration to improve the detections, investigations, and prosecution of suspected human traffickers and smugglers,” she noted.
She said that the Ministry is mandated to support security agencies to attain specialised pieces of training and build capacities to ensure that Human Trafficking Law is fully implemented.
Hon. Zuweira Abudu, therefore, commended the Law Enforcement Agencies for the recent interceptions made at the various border points, the rescues were undertaken to rescue victims who have successfully been reintegrated back into their communities in Nigeria.
She urged participants to speak up when they see something in their various communities because Human Trafficking is a security threat in the country.
The Project Manager for Expertise France, Mr Serge Akpalou on his part pledged the European Union and Expertise France’s commitment to supporting the Government of Ghana in fighting human trafficking in all shapes and forms in the country
He called an all to take the training seriously and help fight human trafficking because it still remains a canker in societies.
In a statement read on behalf of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr George Akuffo Dampare, the Chief Superintendent of Police, Mr Michael Baah intimated that the Police Service will continue to work with stakeholders to rescue victims of trafficking, provide protection and rehabilitation, prosecute perpetrators to deter others from committing such crimes.
PowerPoint Presentations were shown on Human Trafficking in Ghana- General overview of Institutional and Legal Framework, Basic Concepts and Terms of Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation, Human Rights issues, Law Enforcement Roles in the Fight against TIP, Rescue and victim identification at the Grassroots level among others.
The workshop took place in a participatory form, with group works, case studies, plenary discussions, questions and answers with the aim of providing information and proposing strategies for the fight against Human trafficking.