The Ashanti Region recorded 16 suspected cases of human trafficking issues in the last two years, according to the Regional Anti-human Trafficking Unit.
The report indicates that, 9 and 7 suspected cases were recorded in 2015 and 2016 respectively.It also highlights the numbers of boys and girls who are forced into labour, especially street hawking, begging, fishing and commercial sex exploitation.
Speaking in an interview, ASP Regina Mintah, head of the anti-human trafficking unit in the region, who was worried about the situation, blames the increasing rate of the act on the lack of public education and the media.
“The situation is very alarming, the media has been very unfair in engaging the unit when it comes to issues of human trafficking. Proper education is key, even the literate is not spared. There should be some sort of an advocacy in curbing this bad practice.We are doing our best to sensitize the public on this issue but we need more hands”, She said.
“What has come to the notice of the police is that there are a number of people who form a syndicate and then deceive people with greener pastures outside the country,” ASP Mintah added.
She bemoaned, the unit, which was inaugurated in 2009, have challenges with funding and logistics in the discharge of their duties.
“Funding and logistics have been our major challenge, even vehicles to monitor closely such suspected cases have become a problem. Sometimes we have to use our own resources to shelter these victims, and our office telephone has been inactive for over a year”, ASP disclosed.
Thus, she called on the government, civil society organizations and individuals to help curb the threat of modern day slavery.
Source: Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh