The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, (MoGCSP) says Ghana is responding to calls from the United Nations and the international community to actively eliminate human trafficking.wpid-humantrafficking.jpg

Mr John Alexander Ackon, Deputy Minister of MoGCSP who made this known in Accra on Friday however said the problem still exists, with women and children being the most affected.

He said human trafficking which had become a cross-cutting problem affects all segments of the society, depriving children of their basic fundamental human rights.

Mr Ackon made this known when the MoGCSP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the International Justices Mission (IJM) to combat human trafficking and child labour in the country.

He said the MOU among other things is expected to empower law enforcement agencies and stakeholders to fight human trafficking in the country.

?It is indeed a unique opportunity for government to continuously protect and safeguard the rights of citizens especially the vulnerable.

?And in this instance, the Parliamentary Select Committee on Subsidiary Legislation is looking at the legislative instrument on Human Trafficking and will soon lay it before parliament,? he said.

Mr Ackon noted that internal trafficking of children is more prevalent in Ghana than external trafficking and owes its presence largely to poverty, illiteracy, broken homes, lack of family planning and high birth rates.

He stressed that the movement of internally trafficked children is often from the rural areas where children are usually used for the purpose of labour within the fields of fishing, illegal mining, street hawking, domestic work, begging and using girls as potters (kayayei).

He lauded the IJM for its efforts in fighting human trafficking and partnering the Ministry to provide training and constant monitoring that would help bring perpetrators to book.

Mr Kaign Christy, Field Office Director, IJM expressed his outfit?s readiness in collectively collaborating with Ghana to achieve better goals.

?It is a great honour for us to work with the ministry against the scourge of human trafficking,? he said

Human trafficking is estimated to be between 600,000 and 800,000 persons a year, with 80 per cent of the victims being females, according to the State Department of the United States.

GNA

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