The Embassy and the IOM join forces to combat child-trafficking
The French Embassy in Ghana is sponsoring and partnering with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Ghana to carry out a project to increase knowledge of the Ghanaian general public on the anti-human trafficking law.
In human trafficking Ghana is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. The trafficking of Ghanaians, particularly children, within the country is more prevalent than the transnational trafficking of foreign migrants. Over the last decade, the Government of Ghana has been working towards improving its response to the issue of human trafficking, notably through the adoption of the Human Trafficking Act (694, 2005). Furthermore, recently the Legislative Instrument on the Human Trafficking Act has been recently laid before Parliament.
During a counter-trafficking community education campaign that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) carried out in select communities in the Volta Region in 2013-2014, a pre-intervention survey revealed that only 4.7 per cent of the community understood child trafficking as being a human right violation. There is therefore a need to increase awareness of the population on this issue by ensuring that as many Ghanaians as possible are aware of the laws that exist to protect their communities, including children, against traffickers.
The French Embassy and IOM, in close collaboration with relevant stakeholders, in particular the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, will design a concise booklet that explains the Ghanaian anti-human trafficking law in a simple and accessible way, using local languages and cartoons. The booklet will also provide information on how to report a case of human trafficking. This new tool will be given to the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development for use especially in Central, Volta and Greater Accra Regions.
The French Embassy in Ghana is implementing a 3-year regional program to strengthen the fight against human trafficking in West Africa. Promoting democratic governance, the rule of law and respect for human rights is at the core of France cooperation and aid policy. The fight against trafficking persons is fully in this direction. The project aims at strengthening the institutional capacity of the key players in this field, police investigators, judges, social workers and civil society organization. Regional cooperation among the participating states is also implemented through networked and joint actions.