The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Cynthia Mamle Morrison, says the sector has rescued, supported and given shelter to 611 victims of human trafficking since 2019.
Speaking at a press briefing by the Information Ministry on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, she said out of the 611 people, 200 were children and 411 were adults.
The government has released GHS 1 million into the Human Trafficking fund to help stop this menace and this shows that Ghana is making a significant effort to fight human trafficking, the sector minister said.
“Government has released GHS 1 million into the Human Trafficking Fund to effectively combat the menace with the operationalization of two (2) government shelters to give care to rescued victims of Human Trafficking,” she said.
On the issue of public education, she said her outfit undertook series of community dialogues and sensitisations in efforts to increase awareness and education on Human Trafficking and irregular migration issues.
She said this ultimately improved in reducing the rate of human trafficking and its related activities in the country.
“As part of the Blue Day, the Ministry embarked on a Social Media Awareness raising campaign on Human Trafficking. Ghana joined the world to commemorate this year’s World Day against Trafficking in Persons (Blue Day). This was to intensify our prevention mechanisms through awareness raising campaigns,” she added.
The Minister further stated that the ministry has so far trained 45 law enforcement officers with the aim of building their capacity to better help with the fight against Human Trafficking in Ghana and has also organised a durbar for 75 traditional leaders from all the regions of Ghana to sensitise them on the dangers associated with Human Trafficking.
Story by: Diana Nutsugah | universnewsroom.com