August 9, 2022 12:41 pm

The Human Trafficking Secretariat (HTS) under the auspices of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MOGCSP) with the support of Expertise France joined the global World to commemorate the ‘World Day against Human Trafficking’ in Ghana on Friday 29th July, 2022 in Accra.

The day was also set aside to launch the ‘National Plan of Action for the Elimination of Human Trafficking in Ghana’.

The event dubbed, ‘Focusing on the use and abuse of technology’, thus, concentrating on the role technology plays as a tool that can both enable the traffickers abuse victims and for law enforcers to impede their plans.

The purpose of the celebration was to intensify the prevention mechanism of human trafficking through awareness creation at the community level as well as the country.

In a keynote address delivered, the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources also the Caretaker Minister for MOGCSP, Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, thanked participants for taking time off their busy schedules to celebrate this year’s Blue Day Commemoration with the Ministry.

She made it known that HTS has collaborated with its partners and stakeholders to fight and educate people on human trafficking issues in the country.

According to her the Ministry has stepped up its activities over the years and has made Ghana maintained on a tier two ranking in the global trafficking report for 2022.

‘This shows Government is making all efforts to combat human trafficking,’ she stated.

Touching on the New National Plan of Action for the Elimination of Human Trafficking in Ghana, the Hon. Minister noted that the new plan of action has a monitoring and evaluation tracking tools and the reporting template to improve the reporting mechanism from the grassroots to the National level.

She divulged that the NPA is to guide participants and stakeholders in their work and also inform the institution’s target setting in the fight against human trafficking.

Hon. Abena Dapaah encouraged all to work together to achieve the set goals and target.

The Chief Director of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Dr. Afisah Zakariah on her part acknowledged the support of the Human Trafficking Secretariat, Management and stakeholders for organizing such an educative programme.

She indicated that, it is only setting a good example that will help us protect the children against Human Trafficking.

Dr. Afisah however urged Government and stakeholders to setup efforts in the fight against child exploitation, sexual exploitation, smuggling of migrants through unapproved routes of entries among others.

The Chief Director therefore called on all stakeholders to intensify the sensitization of the effects of Human Trafficking menace in the country.

Representing the Chief of Mission for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the National Project Officer, Mr. Eric Kwame Akomanyi called for stakeholder support in implementing Ghana’s National Plan of Action for the Elimination of Human Trafficking because it contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals as well as progress towards the Global Compact for Migration.

Presentation was shown on the National Plan of Action.

There were solidarity messages from partners such as UNICEF and CNACT

The World Day against Human Trafficking is commemorated globally to raise awareness on dangers associated with Human Trafficking and the protection of victims of trafficking.

The Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources and the Caretaker Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah pronounced the NPA dully launched.

Present at the ceremony were, the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources also the Caretaker Minister for Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the Chief Director of MoGCSP, Dr. Afisah Zakariah, the Head, Human Trafficking Secretariat, Madam Abena Annobea Asare, the Director for Department of Children, Madam Florence Ayisi Quartey, Representatives from Expertise France, IOM, CNACT, UNICEF, Directors and staff of MoGCSP.