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Ghana fails in fight against human trafficking – US report

In Human Trafficking on July 10, 2013 at 10:22 am

The United States government has accused Ghana of failing to do enough to eliminate human trafficking.

The charge is contained in a 2013 trafficking report released by the US State Department.

The report says despite the strides made by Ghana so far in reducing human trafficking, government has failed to take advantage of opportunities to do more.

It says for instance, the government of Ghana has failed to provide any specialized anti-trafficking training to law enforcement officials and did not provide sufficient funding to properly maintain government-operated shelters.

The report signed by US Secretary of State John Kerry noted that the Ghana government rather decreased efforts to protect victims.

Source: Joy Online


Ghana: Immigration Officers Trained On Combating Smuggling, Human Trafficking

In Human Trafficking on June 7, 2013 at 11:39 am

In its bid to improve upon its tactics in combating smuggling and human trafficking at the borders, the Ghana Immigration Service, in partnership with the Thematic Programme on Migration and Asylum, has trained 61 Immigration Officers on specific combat areas.

The programme on migration and asylum is European Union sponsored and aims at combating the menace of smuggling of migrants and other forms of irregular migration.

The six-day training programme took place in Bolgatanga, in Upper East Region.

Most the officers who benefited from the programme were those at the borders in the Upper East, Upper West and Northern regions, including an international trainee from Burkina Faso.

Source: All Africa

Child Trafficking: GHANA’S SECRET SHAME

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on February 14, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Child Trafficking is a serious problem facing children in Ghana. Ghana is not the only country involved in child trafficking. It also happens in Togo, Benin and Nigeria among others. Child trafficking is the act of selling children to sell on the street to earn a living or to work in the fishing industry and in other hard labour jobs. Examples of child trafficking are, sending children to sell pure water on the streets or in the markets, to work with fishermen on Lake Volta or to work on the cocoa farms. The work is very dangerous and hard.

Child Trafficking is caused by the following; poverty, lack of education, fear and ignorance. The high cost of litigation or seeking legal aid to address ones problem or to fight abuses like child trafficking does not favour many poor people in society. A lack of education means that those who are not formally educated are at a high risk from various human rights violations.

Source: Voices of the World

Christian Council Wants Anti-Child Trafficking Law

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on December 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm

The General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), Rev. Dr. Fred Deegbe, has urged government to develop a comprehensive national strategy to combat child trafficking.

He said the strategy should highlight prevention, protection and partnership efforts in combating child trafficking. “This harnesses tenets of the relevant laws which will be implementable and yield desired results,” he added.

Speaking at the launch of CCG’s Policy Brief on child trafficking in Accra, Rev Deegbe said, “It is obvious that child trafficking is still rife in some parts of the country and we all need to unite to combat it.

He said, “It is for this reason that we have developed the Policy Brief to help various stakeholders in addressing the menace”.

Source: Modern Ghana

Victim’s Stories

In Awareness, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on December 23, 2012 at 9:05 am

Cindy was a poor girl in rural China when a neighbor and her husband offered to give her work at a restaurant their friends opened in Africa. Cindy dropped out of school and went with the couple to Ghana, only to fall victim to a Chinese sex trafficking ring. She was taken to live in a brothel with other Chinese women, and her passport and return tickets were confiscated. Her traffickers forced her to engage in commercial sex and beat her when she refused. They made her peruse casinos to attract white men. The traffickers took Cindy’s money, telling her she had to repay them for her travel and accommodation costs. A Ghanaian investigative journalist exposed the ring, and the traffickers were prosecuted in a Ghanaian court. With NGO assistance, Cindy and the other women returned to China and are trying to rebuild their lives.

Source: US State Department

Twenty Teenagers Rescued From Alleged Trafficking

In Child Labor, Child Trafficking, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on August 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm

She said, upon interrogation, the teenagers confirmed they were on vacation and decided to embark on the journey to look for menial jobs to enable them to fend for themselves when school reopened.

The Regional Commander said the Police suspected foul play, and transported the victims and the suspects to the Police Regional Headquarters in Sunyani and placed them on custody. Two days later, she said, the teenagers were sent back to Walewale.

ASP Ntow said investigations were still on-going and noted that poverty was a contributory factor to child trafficking and called on Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to assist needy women to go into economic ventures for their livelihood.

She also appealed to the assemblies to support needy but brilliant students in their education.

Source: Peace FM online

Skilled volunteers prove their mettle in rescue of Ghanaian child trafficking victims

In Awareness, Child Trafficking, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on August 7, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Difficult situations and sensitive negotiations are occupational certainties shared by all social workers, wherever they come from. In Ghana, where domestic violence, child trafficking and other forms of exploitation are widespread, the first phase of Project Abroad PRO’s anti-trafficking campaign required social worker volunteers to draw on a wide range of professional skills.

The primary objective of the project was the rescue and rehabilitation of three victims of child trafficking in the Lake Volta region. The eight specialist volunteers also began a program of community outreach in Kete Krachi, where they were located.

Source: Digital Journal

Child Trafficking in Ghana

In Awareness, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on March 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm

In Ghana, many children are trafficked from their home villages to work in the fishing industry. Living in tough conditions and working long hours every day, they are exploited by fishermen desperate to feed their families and make out a living along the banks of Lake Volta.

Created by the construction of the Akosombo dam in the early 1960s,LakeVoltais one of the world’s largest artificial lakes. A number of fishermen who have depended on the bounties of the lake for many years report that fish stocks are decreasing, making it difficult to survive on fishing alone. Other work is scarce in a country where unemployment is widespread and approximately 40 per cent of the population live below the poverty line.

The depletion of stocks is one of the key reasons why children are needed as workers in the fishing industry. Children represent cheap labour, and their small, nimble fingers are useful in releasing the fish from the ever smaller nets.

Another task that trafficked children frequently perform is diving to disentangle the fish nets from the numerous tree stumps that are scattered throughout the lake. As nets are often dragged along the bottom of the lake, they tend to get stuck. Diving is a dangerous job that can have dire consequences for the children, from catching water-based diseases such as bilharzia and guinea worm to death from drowning.

Source: My Trip Blog

Plea for country Victoria to help end child slave trade

In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm

In Ghana, it’s not uncommon for teenage girls to drink broken glass in an attempt to abort a baby conceived in the commercial sex industry. Cromwell Awadey is travelling around western Victoria to raise awareness of child trafficking and slavery issues in his home country.

Thousands of Ghanaian children are forced to work for little or no money in commercial sex jobs or in the country’s fishing, timber, mining and cocoa industries.

Cromwell Awadey is a part of Christian organisation International Needs Ghana, which aims to rescue and re-educate children who have been sexually exploited or involved in slavery.

The discrete nature of child labour makes it difficult to establish an exact figure of those involved, but Cromwell says it’s believed to be greater than 30,000.

“There are three ways they get into the industry: one is they come into the city lured by their own friends who have come to the city from the villages in search for work and they get trapped… the second one is traffickers take advantage of their vulnerability in the city, they are homeless. Then the third one is poor parents encourage it.”

Source: ABC

Central Africa: High Cost of Child Trafficking

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on March 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Forced child labour remains rampant in Central Africa, where poverty fuels the trafficking of children from poorer countries to oil-rich states such as Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and the Republic of Congo, according to experts.

“Trafficking in children is real,” said Gabon’s social affairs director-general, Mélanie Mbadinga Matsanga. “Gabon, for example, is considered an Eldorado and draws a lot of West African immigrants who traffic children.”


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