From Samuel Agbewode, Dzodze
The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has waged a relentless war against human trafficking across the Aflao. The Aflao Sector Commander, Mr. Thomas Antong, who disclosed this at a two day sensitisation workshop on human trafficking for personnel of the Immigration Service, Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS), and the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) at Dzodze in the Ketu-North District recently, said the workshop formed part of preparations to fight human trafficking at the border.
Mr. Antong explained that the security services were being prepared, through such training programmes, as a prelude to the inauguration of the Ghana Immigration Service Anti-Human Trafficking Desk at Aflao, and commended the Migration Management Bureau (MMB) of the Ghana Immigration Service for organising the programme, which was sponsored by the United Nations International Childrens Education Fund (UNICEF).
He stressed that the Anti-Human Trafficking Desk, which was created and would be inaugurated soon, had already recorded 39 intercepted cases, mostly teenage girls from Ghana, the Republic of Togo, Nigeria and China at the Aflao border.
Mr. Antong said a case involving six suspected Chinese victims, two suspected Chinese traffickers, and one Ghanaian, was still pending in court, noting that the human trafficking had assumed alarming proportions, and therefore, called for collaborative efforts by all to help the security agencies in dealing with the situation.
He said the International Labour Organisation (ILO) had estimated that 2.4 million people were victims of human trafficking from 1995 to 2005. A US Department of State report also revealed that one million children were exploited by the global commercial sex trade every year.
Mr. Antong further announced that ILO records indicated that $32 billion was generated every year from the human trafficking industry, noting that out of the figure, $15.5 billion was made in the industrialised countries, and $ 9.7 billion in Asia.
He said the two-day workshop would go a long way to enhance the skills of the security officers in anti-human trafficking, empower the managers of the desks, and also help foster collaboration between other stakeholders in the fight against anti-human trafficking at the border.