Rabu, 19 Oktober 2011


Story: Zainabu Issah

The Head of the Anti Human Trafficking Unit of the Ghana Police Service, Supt Patience Ocquaye, has warned people who engage in human trafficking to desist from the practice or face the full rigours of the law.

She said information available pointed to the fact that some of the traffickers either exploited the victims against their will or removed parts of their internal organs such as kidneys for various purposes without their knowledge and consent.

Supt Quaye was speaking at a community meeting organised by the Legal Resource Centre (LRC), a non governmental organisation in collaboration with the Federation of Youth Clubs (FYC) on the two year on human trafficking project at Maamobi in Accra.

The meeting was aimed at educating people especially the youth about the plight of trafficked victims.
The two year project is aimed at combating trafficking by making sure the civil society in Ghana provides the needed support.

Supt Quaye explained that most of the people engaged in the trafficking business were relations who were mostly trusted.

“They would convince you to come along with them to the south to school and when you agree, you rather come to work for them,” she said.

She added that some people go as far as taking them abroad only to have parts of the bodies of the victims such as the kidney’s removed against their will.

Furthermore, she said, girls who fell victims to such unscrupulous individuals ended up becoming prostitutes and even went to the extent of sleeping with animals for money.

The Chairman of the Council of Chiefs of Ayawaso East, Chief Alhaji Moro Baba Issah, said human trafficking was a crime that must be dealt with.

He therefore urged the youth who are the most vulnerable to be cautious when engaging with organisations that seek to take them abroad.

The President of FYC, Mr Adam Abdul Fatah, said the Nima and Maamobi community youth had interest in travelling no matter how risky it was and, therefore, there was the need to make them aware of the dangers ahead.

Lawyer Dzifa Gakpleazi of the LRC said the project was important was it would ensure that Ghana met the international anti human trafficking standards.


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