Justice Dennis Dominic Adjei, the Head of the Judicial Training Institute, on Wednesday, said human trafficking has become a canker in the country and that needed to be addressed urgently.
He said the public must erase the erroneous impression that human trafficking affected only women and children, but also affected some men.

Justice Adjei expressed these concerns at the opening of a three-day workshop in Accra for selected judges and magistrates on Adjudicating Trafficking in Person Cases.
The training was organised by the US Embassy through the US-Ghana Child Protection Compact and the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement.

He said some men were equally vulnerable in terms of human trade and, therefore, urged the judges to understand the law and usage of evidences so that they could pass excellent judgements that would stand the test of time.

When determining cases of human rights abuses, Justice Adjei asked judges to consider three factors- international standards, the means by which the offence of human trafficking either by cohesion or any other means and the purpose of the crime.
He noted that when hearing cases of human trafficking, the first thing judges must identify was to establish which act had been committed by the accused and whether the trafficking was for prostitution or for removal of human organs.

Mr Hayward Lampley, the Director of the West Africa Regional Training Centre, said the Centre was established in 2012 based on Memorandum of Understanding signed between the US and Ghana Government with the objective of improving the capacity of law enforcement officers across the West Africa Sub-region to combat transnational organised crimes.

The Centre was honoured to host the workshop because human trafficking was a crime, which must be eradicated from all societies, including Ghana, he added.
He said the Centre had delivered more than 150 courses for almost 4,000 law enforcement officials from Ghana and other African countries with 3,756 alumni comprising middle to senior level law enforcement professionals.
He disclosed that the RTC had plans of expanding the alumni outreach network in the coming months.
GNA