National Justice Conference held in Ho
Volta Regional Minister Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa commended International Justice Mission Ghana (IJM), an anti-trafficking organization, for its determination to end human trafficking in the country.
He said the continued support for government institutions in the fight against human trafficking was commendable.
Dr Letsa said this at this year’s National Justice Conference in Ho in the Volta Region organized by IJM Ghana.
The conference discussed practical solutions and re-energized stakeholders to continue the fight to save vulnerable children on Lake Volta.
“I would like to express our profound gratitude to the IJM for the inviolable support it has given in the efforts to end human trafficking in Ghana. We say a big thank you to the IJM,” a- he declared.
However, he expressed concern about the activities of fishermen who recruit school children, some as young as six years old, and engage them on Lake Volta for fishing.
Dr. Letsa said that these recruitments are done with the tacit support of the parents of the innocent children while others are deceptively recruited by the traffickers, who promise to take good care of these children and end up trafficking them.
He said to tackle the social threat, Parliament enacted the Human Trafficking Act 2005 (Act 694) to criminalize the act of enslaving other people for the purpose of economic or sexual exploitation. .
The Volta Regional Minister pointed out that law enforcement remains a challenge due to the lack of logistics to facilitate the activities of the Ghana Police Service, which is supposed to visit the islands and other remote communities to investigate and arrest the suspects.
“The good news, however, is that the IJM stepped in and provided tremendous support to not only the Ghana Police Service but also the Attorney General’s Office and other law enforcement officers involved in the investigation, arrest, prosecution of suspects and protection of victims of human trafficking,” he said.
Dr Letsa therefore called on all people to support the fight against human trafficking in various ways as the government is determined to end this menace.
Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr. Worlanyo Foster, National Director of Advocacy and Partnerships, said the main mission of the IJM office in Ghana is to work with the forces of the order and other state agencies to rescue children who have been victimized. child trafficking on Lake Volta, rehabilitate these victims and facilitate the prosecution of perpetrators.
He noted that the IJM has partnered with relevant government agencies since 2015 to ensure the rescue of 366 victims and the arrest of 228 perpetrators.