The Head of the Human Trafficking Secretariat, Madam Abena Annobea Asare, has called on stakeholders to raise awareness on human trafficking to help identify victims, prevent trafficking in persons, punish offenders and support victims.
She said this at a two-day training programme in Accra for stakeholders on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) reporting.
The training was to ensure consistency and compliance with reporting standards and guidelines, familiarize with the structure and format of the TIP reporting template to improve data collection.
Madam Annobea Asare said the training would serve as a reference point for stakeholders to improve their knowledge on child trafficking, irregular migration as well as all forms of exploitation in the country.
“This workshop is necessary due to low levels of knowledge and inadequacy of response systems in our communities in reporting cases of human trafficking and the general protection of children,” she said.
The Director for International Justice Mission West Africa (IJM), Madam Anita Badu, on her part called on stakeholders to collaborate and redoubled their efforts in ending human trafficking.
Madam Badu asked CSOs to collaborate with the Government of Ghana to ensure the implementation of the new National Action Plan (NPA) to eliminate Human Trafficking in the country.
The Human Trafficking Secretariat (HTS) is under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) and is mandated to facilitate the prevention and combating of trafficking cases in Ghana.
Grace Acheampong, ISD