July 23, 2021 5:46 pm

The Human Trafficking Secretariat (HTS) under the Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection (MoGCSP) in collaboration with Expertise France and Hen Mpoano successfully organized a three-day capacity building workshop for security officials on counter trafficking and irregular migration in Cape Coast, Central Region from 21st to 23rd July, 2021.

The three-day workshop brought together security officers from the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Ghana Police Service (GPS) and the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO). Other participants include some staff of the Department of Social Welfare.

The Head of the Human Trafficking Secretariat, Madam Abena Annobea Asare in her opening remarks disclosed that the training workshop was organized based on a need assessment carried out by the Secretariat during a monitoring visit to the region which revealed that officers lack the required skills to combat human trafficking.

She therefore noted that the training will enlighten, equip and strengthen officers on issues of human trafficking, irregular migration and it’s prevention. Madam Abena Annobea Asare revealed that similar training will be carried out in some selected regions in the country before the end of year.

According to the Chief Director of the Regional Coordinating Council, Mr. Kingsley Adjei-Boahen, human trafficking undermines human resource development, hinders national development, affects the physical and psychological development of victims, hence the need for law enforcement officers to come out with innovative approach and pragmatic measures to tackle the issue of human trafficking in Ghana.

The Central Regional Security Commanders ( made up of the GPS, GIS and EOCO) called for more collaborative efforts among security agencies to ensure that the issue of human trafficking is controlled and reduced drastically.

It is expected that the training will provide the opportunity for officers to acquire and strengthen specific skills and strategies to perform their anti-work more effectively, while developing a deeper knowledge and understanding about human trafficking issues.

Seasoned facilitators such as Chief Supt. Mike Baah, of the GPS, Supt. Alberta Ampofo from the GIS, DSO Dominic Mensah – EOCO and Mrs. Ama Norman Amankwah- a Lawyer, took participants through rescue and victim identification, modern trends of human trafficking and it’s consequences, the need to prosecute human trafficking cases, intelligence gathering amongst others.

The training workshop was funded by the European Union in Ghana.

Source: MoGCSP