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Government on course in combating human trade – Gender Minister

By
Elizabeth Ofosu/Samira Larbie, GNA

Accra, June 28, GNA –
Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social
Protection, has said government is on course in the fight against human
trafficking in the country.

She said the
government had put in place systems and structures to address the teaming
issues on human trafficking in the country.

The Minister said this
at a press conference in Accra following a Trafficking in Persons (TIP) 2017
Report released by the United States (US) Department.

The report indicated
that Ghana remained weak in the fight against human trade, and thus, stood the
risk of losing significant assistance from the United States.   

She said Ghana was a
blessed country and all needed to work to ensure that the lives of children
were protected and their potentials harnessed to fight the menace of child
labour and trafficking.

Madam Otiko said
poverty had always been the underlining cause on getting children involved in
child labour, a situation she emphasised must stop.

“The Government
continues to take appropriate steps and measures to improve upon the
implementation of the Human Trafficking Act.

“Not only because
Ghana need to respond to the TIP Report but most importantly to protect the
fundamental rights of Ghanaians especially our vulnerable women and children
who fall prey to perpetrators of trafficking,” she stated.

She assured that
government would continue to put in extra efforts by engaging communities,
chiefs, opinion leaders, stakeholders and parents across the country, on the
dangers associated with human trade and irregular migration.

“To win this battle
against human and child trafficking, it will take concerted efforts from
parents/guardians, chiefs and community leaders to dissuade their children from
embarking on hazardous journeys in search of greener pastures,” she stated.

The Minister indicated
that the Ministry this year had validated and finalised the new Human
Trafficking National Plan of Action (2017-2021) which was a comprehensive
document to support the effective implementation of the Human Trafficking Act
of 2005, Act 694.

Aside various
interventions, she said, the government had budgeted for GHȼ1.5 million for the
Human Trafficking Secretariat to support the fight against human trade.

Part of this money,
she stated, would be used to renovate an adult shelter which had been allocated
and a complimentary support to renovate the children shelter in Madina.

She therefore urged
all parents to make sure their children got the best because they deserved it,
as well as ensure that the home was a safe haven in the fight against human
trafficking and child labour.

“Every Ghanaian should
be interested in this fight against human trafficking and report persons who
are involved in debasing our humanity.

“I believe that when
we all put our resources together and commit every effort to this fight we will
win.”

GNA

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