West African countries urged to enhance cooperation to decrease human trafficking

Human trafficking

A senior Ghanaian official on Wednesday called for collaboration among West African countries to decrease the rising spate of human trafficking and organized crime within the region.

Speaking at a regional conference on border management and security held in Accra, the capital of Ghana, the country’s Interior Minister Ambrose Dery said countries within the region must collaborate to institute effective border management systems to decrease organized criminal activities by syndicates and traffickers and promote common border understanding.

“Effective border management systems and essential infrastructure would promote security and wellbeing among the border population, enhance communication and information exchange between neighboring countries,” he said.

Threats affecting border security were from cross-border crimes, smuggling, and transnational criminal organizations. Through the Security Governance Initiative, the government of Ghana has established a national border security technical working group, according to the official.

“As a matter of fact, the team has undertaken many constructive steps. Several joint security operations have also been undertaken between Ghana, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, and Nigeria,” he added. Enditem

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