Ghana has made great strides in fight against child trafficking
| Updated Jul 28, 2018 at 10:19pm
US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson
The outgoing US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson, says Ghana has made tremendous progress in the fight against child trafficking.
He noted that the country’s movement from the Tier 2 watch list is commendable.
Ambassador Jackson said this at the opening of a shelter for rescued children in Accra.
Ambassador Robert Jackson said more needs to be done to close the gap in the fight against what he described as ‘a horrible issue of modern-day slavery’.
He said with an estimated 100 thousand children and adults in trafficking in Ghana, the country cannot relent in its efforts to get them out of the situation.
The outgoing US Ambassador identified inadequate prosecution as one of the foremost challenges in the fight, explaining that when people are prosecuted for such crimes, it sends a message that they will no longer be tolerated.
He hoped that the opening of the shelter will re-energise the authorities to step up prosecutions.
The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba emphasized that poverty should not be an excuse for any child to be trafficked and subjected to degrading treatment.
She called on parents and all to show commitment to the rights of children and continue to support efforts to improve their welfare.
Madam Otiko promised that government will continue to pursue the anti-trafficking agenda with all it takes.
She further expressed appreciation for the commitment shown by the outgoing US Ambassador who supported in numerous ways.
The shelter is a way of protecting victims of trafficking where qualified staff of the Department of Social Welfare will give care, protection and rehabilitation.
It will also provide medical and psychosocial care to help the children out of the trauma they passed through before their rescue.
Later in an interview, the Executive Director of Free the Slaves, Joha Brimah said there is a high level of awareness about the ills of trafficking but what is left now is behaviour change using the knowledge acquired over the period.