Twenty-six Bangladeshi nationals suspected to be victims of human trafficking/smuggling during the period July 21 to August 9, 2012 have been deported by the?Ghana Immigration Service (GIS).

According to a statement signed by Acoi Francis Palmdeti, Head of the Public Affairs Unit of the GIS, stated that these suspects were arrested on the June 28, 2012 by the Eastern Regional command of the GIS in collaboration with the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).

The statement said, said the suspects had visas purportedly issued by the Ghana High Commission in New Delhi, India, which were later confirmed to be fake, with three of the suspects ?faking GIS permits in their passports.

Acoi Francis Palmdeti stated in the statement that the mastermind is currently on the run but the GIS is being assisted in its investigations by one Osman, a Ghanaian accomplice.”

However, investigations revealed that the foreigners had been in the country for periods ranging between two weeks and eight months and until their arrest were residing in Koforidua, and that their removal expenses were borne by their relatives in Bangladesh.

The statement also observed that certain unscrupulous persons seek to use Ghana as a transit point for some foreigners who wish to migrate to South Africa, Canada and the United States, and therefore urged the general public to inform the GIS about such characters when noticed, adding that ?with the passage of the human smuggling law, it is important to that persons who act as collaborators, facilitators and accomplices would be prosecuted.

According to him, the security of the State was a collective responsibility that required every citizen to put in an effort.
“The GIS wishes to sensitize the public, landlords, guest houses and hotels to be wary of foreigners who live in their premises or neighborhoods whose movements seem to be suspicious” ?he statedH.

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