Man grabbed for attempted human trafficking

Suspect Sheriff Abubakari.

Suspect Sheriff Abubakari.

Police have arrested a 39-year-old man, who attempted to traffic three women to Saudi Arabia, to engage in domestic work, at the Kotoka International Airport, Accra.

The suspect, Sheriff Abubakari, a laboratory technician, and the women, between the ages of  20 and 22, were about to embark on a Kenyan Airways flight on Tuesday afternoon, when he was arrested by the police.

Superintendent Mike Baah, Director of the Anti-Human Traffic  (AHTU) of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), headquarters, confirmed the arrest to Ghanaian Times in Accra.

Sup Baah said the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection collaborated with AHTU of the CID to arrest the suspect, who was in police custody assisting in investigations.

He said the suspect allegedly recruited the women (names withheld) from Asante Bekwai in the Ashanti Region, and Enchi and Tarkoradi in the Western Region.

Sup Baah indicated that the women were being counseled after which they would be re-united with their families.

He said Abubakari has been charged with human trafficking and recruiting without labour license.

Sup Baah advised prospective travelers to be wary of people who recruit persons to Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Gulf Region.

He reminded the public that “there is a temporary ban by government on private recruitment to the Gulf countries”.

Sup Baah appealed to religious leaders and organisations to support the unit to address the recruitment of persons to the Gulf region.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi







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