July 26, 2021 8:04 pm

The Human Trafficking Secretariat (HTS) under the auspices of MoGCSP organized a one-day Stakeholders’ Dialogue meeting on human trafficking in Accra on Tuesday, 27th July, 2021. The meeting forms part of activities outlined to commemorate the World Day Against Human Trafficking.

The dialogue which is also the 1st Technical Steering Committee meeting was aimed at identifying new approaches towards the fight against human trafficking by tracking progress made in the areas of prevention, protection, prosecution and partnership.

It was also to review progress made in the implementation of the Human Trafficking National Plan of Action (NPA) which has been in use from 2017-2021 and the development of a new NPA to be used from 2022 to 2026.

The Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Lariba Zuweira Abudu entreated stakeholders to come out with innovative ideas aimed at curbing the menace of human trafficking.

On her part, the Chief Director, Dr. Afisah Zakariah indicated that the Ministry through HTS has the mandate to implement the NPA, coordinate all issues of human trafficking both in Ghana and abroad, protect, rehabilitate and prosecute traffickers to reduce human trafficking.

“The NPA’s main aim is to help in the elimination of human trafficking, child labor, irregular migration and other related activities at the community, regional and national level.” She stressed.

She stressed that the Ministry will continue to play it’s coordination role to ensure that the menace of human trafficking is reduced to the lowest barest minimum.

Dr. Afisah Zakariah used the opportunity to also inaugurate the Technical Steering Committee tasked to oversee the development of the new National Plan of Action (2022-2026) . Some of its members includes representatives of the Ministry, UNICEF, Expertise France, Ghana Police Service, Ghana Immigration Service amongst others.

As part of the meeting, stakeholders discussed issues relating to the protection of children from all forms of exploitation and improving on counter trafficking activities. They also pledged to collaborate
with relevant institutions in order to ensure that human trafficking is drastically reduced.

Source: MoGCSP