Ghana to launch sex offenders’ register

Ghana will soon launch a sex offenders’ register to maintain names of persons convicted of sexually related offences as pertains in other jurisdictions.

According to the Director of the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service, Chief Superintendent, Owusuaa Kyeremeh, told Citi News that such register will not only help fight pervasive sexual misconduct, but will also be a deterrent to multiple sex offenders.

He said  “In Ghana, we generally document all convicts. There is a procedure that we go through. We do not have one specifically for rape convicts, but what we intend doing is on the drawing board. We want to establish a register for rape convicts, people who have been convicted of rape so that it will be something that we can easily refer to.

“For now, we do not have sex offenders register on its own, but then all the offences of convicts within Ghana are documented at the CID headquarters. But going forward, the Police Service is of the view that it is time we get sex offenders to register so we can easily cross-check and find out so if someone is going to look for a job we can always refer to that. It is on the drawing board and hopefully, in the nearest future we will have it in Ghana,” Supt Kyeremeh said. –

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