The Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Freda Prempeh together with Expertise France and funding support from the European Union has officially launched the Regional Project to support the fight against Human Trafficking in the States of the Gulf of Guinea on Tuesday 18th February 2020 at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel.
The Regional Project aims at supporting key government authorities and civil society organizations working in the fight against human trafficking in Ghana.
The project is going to be implemented in close collaboration with the Human Trafficking Secretariat to facilitate the prevention and combating of Trafficking cases in Ghana as well as sensitizing the population on human trafficking and creating a peaceful environment to accelerate national development.
The Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection in her address said the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection as part of prevention efforts has embarked on several community advocacies and engagements to educate the public on the dangers associated with human trafficking.
She said the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with the law enforcement agencies received about 147 reported cases of human trafficking. 23 cases were investigated and prosecuted involving 37 defendants. 15 convictions were gained for the country, Ghana.
Hon. Freda Prempeh expressed her profound gratitude to the law enforcement officers, development partners, NGOs and Social workers for their continuous efforts. fight against Human Trafficking.
The Head of Delegation for the European Union, Ambassador Diana Acconcia explained that the project is meant to support the fight against human trafficking.
She said the EU is supporting this initiative which takes into consideration the “3 Ps” that are Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution. Adding that the EU does not take consequences of irregular migration such as modern slavery but rather wants to reduce the root cause.
Ambassador Diana Acconcia also added that individuals and families should have the right to decide to migrate or not and it should always be through the appropriate channels.
The Project Manager for Ghana Mr. Serge Akpalou on behalf of Expertise France gave an overview of the project using the following pillars:
– Institutional and operational consolidation of Interministerial bodies
– Law enforcement
– Protection of Victims
– Regional Cooperation