A two-day review workshop on anti- human trafficking project in the gulf of guinea countries has ended in Accra.
The event brought together representatives of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from across the country to deliberate on how to effectively tackle human trafficking in five West African countries namely Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria and Cameroon.
Madam Mélanie K. Gnandi, Project Coordinator on Anti Human trafficking in the Gulf of Guinea, explained that human trafficking was the recruitment or harbouring of a person through deceit, threat or false promises to exploit a person.
She said some of the activities of the traffickers include sexual exploitation, forced labour, removal of organs and the trading of persons.
Madam Gnandi said the programme was aimed at supporting the fight against human trafficking in the sub-region and to identifying the loopholes and instituting measures to address the menace.
It was also to identify with partners the points of enrichment and improvement for the future and also validate the final action plan with all stakeholders, she added.
According to her, the target groups of the programme were CSOs, shelters, and victims of human trafficking, adding that the project was being undertaken in collaboration with Plan International, France , French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and French Embassy in Ghana.
According to Madam Gnandi, after the event, the final review and learning document would help strengthen the capacities of CSOs in charge of assisting trafficked victims
She said programme had helped participants to better understand of the laws on human trafficking and were able to identify victims of human trafficking.
She said many participants could now offer adequate psychological and social support to trafficked victims and have improved in report writing while building a strong advocacy action.
“There has also been improvement in the collaboration between CSOs and government structures,” he said, adding that her outfit was working hard to eliminate human trafficking in the sub region but noted that such an ambition would not succeed without the support of government and the citizens.
“If governments and citizens understand the negative effects of human trafficking, then we would be able to eliminate the canker,” she stressed.
She called on government to enforce laws on human trafficking to protect victims of and also prosecute the traffickers.
By Jemima Esinam Kuatsinu