The Human Trafficking Secretariat (HTS) under the auspices of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) in collaboration with the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has today, 9th August 2022, organised a Sensitization Forum on Trafficking-in-Persons for Stakeholders in Accra.
The objective of the Forum was to sensitize top management on the issues of human trafficking and build the capacity of the officers to increase victim identification support and prevent the human trafficking menace in the country.
It also aimed to equip participants to implement the human trafficking Act 2005 ( Act 694) and foster effective collaboration, and partnership building between the security agencies, Aviation Authorities and stakeholders to realize that one institution cannot combat human trafficking.
In a keynote address read on behalf of the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources who also doubles as the Caretaker Minister for the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the Head of the Human Trafficking Secretariat, and Madam Abena Annobea congratulated the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority for their immense support in organising such an educative program.
According to her, human trafficking is an organised crime and individuals can be recruited in diverse ways, hence the reason the Ministry partnering with the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority organised the forum to sensitize participants from the various institutions.
"It is the duty of the state of Ghana and the Ministry to protect the rights of the vulnerable, especially women and children," she added.
The Head of the Secretariat, therefore, hinted that MoGCSP has commemorated the 2022 World Day against Trafficking in Persons in Accra, to launch the National Plan Action (NPA) as a commitment to end human trafficking.
She emphasized that stakeholders should be informed of the dangers associated with the menace through awareness creation, raising campaigns and capacity-building programmes.
"This will help the public gain a better understanding of the complex issues of human trafficking and irregular migration to improve the detections, investigations and prosecution of suspected human traffickers and smugglers," she stated.
Madam Annobea Asare in the end noted that human trafficking is a security threat to the nation, thus stakeholders, law enforcement officers and participants should come together and fight the canker in the country.
She officially declared the training workshop opened
In a statement read on behalf of the Director General of Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, the Deputy Director General GCAA, Mrs Juliet Aboagye-Wiafe indicated that since Air travel is a quick means of transport for passengers to various destinations, perpetrators of human trafficking activities have not been spared to carry out such heinous crimes.
She bemoaned that though prevention is the goal, raising awareness is an important effort in combating trafficking and all forms of exploitation in the country.
"This requires the involvement and training of the various stakeholders in identifying and responding to trafficking in persons which will in turn help to overcome fear and apathy among Aviation Personnel," she said.
She called on all stakeholders and Aviation Personnel to join forces, share knowledge, expand the scope and in a collaborative spirit to eradicate the inhuman act since the battle can not be fought alone.
A representative from Ghana Immigration Service HQ on her part advised participants, law enforcement Officers, the media, and agencies, among others to form partnerships with international, governmental and non-governmental organizations to support joint investigations into trafficking crimes in the fight to stop the menace.
Present at the forum were the Head of Human Trafficking Secretariat, Madam Abena Annobea Asare, representing the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources also the Caretaker Minister for MoGCSP, Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Deputy Minister for Transport, Hon. Fredrick Obeng Adom, Director General of Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Ms Juliet Aboagye-Wiafe, Deputy Director General (Technical), ICAO, Representatives from Ghana Immigration Service, PISCES, AWA, Expertise France and Law Enforcement Officers.
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