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Police Battle Human Trafficking

 

Betty Bosomtwi Sam

IN AN effort to combat human trafficking, which has reared its ugly head in the Western region lately, the Regional Police Command has inaugurated the Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Ghana Police Service to fight the growing menace.

The inauguration which was done in collaboration with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was on the theme ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes to Human Trafficking’.

DAILY GUIDE has gathered that apart from drugs and arms, human trafficking is the most profitable illicit trade which is undoubtedly a negative feature of globalization, an assertion the Director General of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), DCOP Frank Adu-Poku confirmed.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, DCOP Adu-Poku described the situation as unfortunate and undermined the security of this country as human trafficking robbed children, women and other victims of their dignity, future and sometimes their lives.

Throwing more light on how the traffickers operate, the Director General of CID said they mask themselves in a cloak of benevolence, as their modus operandi is to outwit their innocent victims.

“Society see them as benevolent persons instead of traffickers, since they either entice the victims from the villages to the urban centres or from Africa to Europe with the false pretense of seeking greener pastures,” he indicated.

He said that the Ghana Police Service had not relented on its efforts to fighting this canker, leading to the setting up of the unit at the CID headquarters with the support of the United States Embassy in Accra and the US Department of Justice.

DCOP Adu-Poku mentioned that since the inception of the unit, some results by way of convictions has been achieved. He cited the celebrated Chinese case in which three Chinese human traffickers were convicted and sentenced to 41 years in hard labour for trafficking seven Chinese ladies to Ghana and forcing them into prostitution.

He entreated all other security agencies, non-governmental organizations, the media and other multilateral bodies to lend a helping hand and be partners in the fight against the human trafficking phenomenon.

The Western regional Police Commander, DCOP Hamidu Mahama, noted that his outfit would support personnel of the unit with the requisite logistics to enable them operate effectively to rid the region of perpetrators.

He commended UNICEF for the giant step it has taken to assist the Ghana Police Service to fight crime, particularly human trafficking. The deputy Regional Minister, Betty Bosumtwi-Sam, intimated that it was about time stakeholders intensified the sensitization programme to discourage parents who sell their children to slave masters from doing so.

Source: dailyguideghana

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