Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Kwaku Osei Ampofo Duku, Deputy Ashanti Regional Police Commander, has called on the public to provide credible information that will help the security agencies to clamp down on human trafficking in the country.
He said apart from illicit drugs and money laundering, human trafficking was the most profitable transnational venture.
ACP Duku said the menace had now taken a new dimension where some travel agents promised unsuspecting young victims with juicy travel arrangements and lucrative job baits to travel to the Asian and Eastern countries, only for them to be engaged in horrifying degrading jobs, as well as servitude.
He was speaking at the launch of the ‘Ghana Project of Inspirational Talks 4 Women Ministries’, an international Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), engaged in anti-human trafficking activities in Kumasi.
ACP Duku said human trafficking had been one of the cankers eating deep into the fabric of society, and that there was the need for concerted and aggressive efforts by all well-meaning Ghanaians to fight the menace.
He urged the public, especially families of victims, to boldly come out to report such incidents to the police to enable them to arrest perpetrators.
Nana Asare Bediako, District Chief Executive (DCE) for Atwima-Nwabiagya, said human trafficking was a worrying trend which had shattered the dreams of many young people in Africa.
He stressed the need to step up of efforts against poverty, which had been identified as the root cause of the menace and to provide opportunities for families to engage in genuine and meaningful income-generating activities, to enable them to cater for their children.
Mrs Clara Selaboy, an inspirational speaker from Nigeria, said the future of Africa lay in the hands of the youth and there was the need to do everything to protect them.
Mrs Beryl Esembe, Chief Executive Officer of the NGO, said the organisation sought to create awareness on the menace and to provide education and training to both parents and children to equip them with skills to identify inducements and stop their children from being taken away.
She said over 150 children in the Atwima-Nwabiagya Distric,t were being supported with scholarships to attend school, adding that, the project was being implemented across the West African sub-region.
Mrs. Esembe said the organisation was currently developing campaign manuals and souvenirs to educate the public on the menace. GNA