Human slaves MPs worried over increase in human trafficking

MP for Subin, Mr. Isaac Osei, reading a section of the 2014 Traffic In Person Report, described human trafficking as an infringement on the individual’s fundamental rights.

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Members of Parliament have called on the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of Ghana Police Service to be on their toes and fight against the rampant human trafficking in the country.

MP for Subin, Mr. Isaac Osei, reading a section of the 2014 Traffic In Person Report, described human trafficking as an infringement on the individual’s fundamental rights. He added that the individual is abused and made to work under inhumane conditions.

The report put Ghana in tier two, implying that the country does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.

He explained that the report underscores Ghana, not only as the source and transit country, but a destination of slaves from other countries.

The report reviewed that intra-country trafficking is higher than transnational trafficking of person.

The report further disclosed that the youth in Volta and Western region prefer to engage in illegal sex trade.

He explained  Ghanaian women and a small fractions of men recruited are trafficked to Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, The United Arab Emirates and Kuwait where they are forced to work as domestic servants or engage in sex trade.

The Subin MP, lamented that Ghanaians who travel to advanced countries like the UK, the US, Russia, France, Germany and Holland are forced into sex trade to pay off their minders or enforcers.

He concluded that although the Human Trafficking Act, 2005 (Act 694) has passed, the Legislative Instrument (LI) to support the act has not been finalized.

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