Chief declares war on human trafficking

Kontihene of Adjena Akwamu Traditional Area in the Ashanti Region, Nana Ayimadu Brempong, has vowed to fight human trafficking.

Nana Ayimadu Brempong, who is an anti-human trafficking campaigner, described the phenomenon, particularly child-trafficking, as a “barbaric act” that continues to leave a scar on the conscience of all well-meaning Ghanaians.

He contended that the denigrating act which was an infringement on the rights and privileges of people has depleted the nation of many of its industrious human resource base, retarding the socio-economic development of the nation in the process.

The chief consequently called for the support and commitment from all stakeholders to, effectively and efficiently, reduce the ‘shameful’ act that has affected the social fabric of the African continent.

 

Addressing the Ashanti Regional Pastors Wives Association of Assemblies of God Church at Ayigya recently, he stated that human trafficking in the country had become a normal thing among many Ghanaians due to the lack of education.

Human trafficking is the trade of humans, most commonly for the purpose of forced labour, sexual slavery or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others.

The chief noted that “there have been reports about Ghanaians, especially women and children, being sent to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Qatar and other countries indulging in all manner of forced labour, sexual slavery or commercial sexual exploitation.”

The anti-human trafficking campaigner pleaded with Ghanaians to give him the maximum support to fight the menace

He stressed that President Nana Ado Dankwa Akufo-Addo should do all he can to eradicate human trafficking in the country.

He claimed that “the rise of human trafficking was also as a result of the growing uncertified number of travelling agencies in the country.”

“Approximately there are 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today. And according to the United States Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are female and half are children.

 

“…it has, however, become necessary for government to take good measures to fight human trafficking in the country. Government should take active measures to prosecute all illegitimate travelling agencies in the country,” he suggested.

He urged the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) to take a step further to educate Ghanaians on the risks involved in human trafficking.

 

Story: Freeman Koryekpor Awlesu

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