The Human Trafficking Secretariat under the auspices of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has organized a two day capacity building workshop for law enforcement officers in the fight against human trafficking.
The workshop forms part of the activities to commemorate this year’s world day against human trafficking hence the Human Trafficking Secretariat have used the occasion to build the capacity of law enforcement officers from various security agencies to enable them to become abreast of the emerging trends in human trafficking in the country and the world in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program will also challenge the officers to have deeper and an in-depth knowledge on issues relating to human trafficking and apply effective and efficient method to identify victims as well as prosecute offenders of the trafficking.
Speaking at the workshop, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Dr. Afisah Zakariah said in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of the country’s borders, human trafficking and migration of illegal activities still operates within the country and pointed out that the victims are forced into sexual exploitation, child labour and suffer all kinds of abuses impacting negatively on their health.
According to her, the National Plan of Action for the elimination of human trafficking in the country mandates the ministry to support security agencies in their bid to combat human and child trafficking and disclosed further that the ministry has organised training activities also for judges, prosecutors, social workers and other key stakeholders to equip them to handle diverse issues of human trafficking.
He said “In 2018, a capacity building training was organized by the Human Trafficking Secretariat for forty five (45) law enforcement officers from various security agencies on how to effectively identify victims of trafficking at the land borders, which also created a platform for new officers to handle such issues in a proper manner.”
The Chief Director said the 2020 trafficking in persons reports published in the United States Department of labour enhanced the work of the secretariat in the collection of data on trafficking cases and also helped improve the technical understanding of officers on trafficking issues.
The National Coordinator for GNCRC, Mr. Barima Akwasi Amankwah said trafficking in human is a crime and punishable by law hence people engaged in such heinous act will face full rigorous of law as well as face jail terms describing such acts as not part of social cultural practices.
He said traffickers will come up with innovative and new ways in exploiting unsuspected people twhich will enhance collaboration with stakeholders in the fight against human trafficking.
By: Ben LARYEA/Africa News Network