World day against trafficking in persons marked

Social Trafficking Float
Social Trafficking Float

This year’s world day against trafficking in persons has been observed in the Northern Region with a campaign to raise awareness of the plight of victims of human trafficking.
The day was held at Wulensi in the Nanumba South District by ActionAid Ghana, a non-governmental organization, in collaboration with its Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Committees in the District.
The campaign, which formed part of ActionAid Ghana’s Combating Modern Slavery project, was on the theme: “The use of computers and social media to perpetuate modern-day slavery.”
Mrs Beatrice Biije, the Programmes Officer at ActionAid Ghana, who spoke when members of the Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Committees embarked on a float through some streets of Wunlesi to mark the day, expressed a need for stakeholders in the area to develop a strategic framework that would guarantee the safety of people whilst minimising human trafficking, especially among the youth.
World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, instituted by the United Nations, is observed annually on July 30, to raise awareness of the plight of human trafficking victims and the need to protect their rights.
Mrs Biije said, “Trafficking in persons is a crime and violates the fundamental rights of the victims, which requires the involvement of all stakeholders, especially the law enforcement institutions.”
She presented a petition to the Nanumba South District Police Command to solicit their support in the fight against human trafficking in the area.
She urged individuals and organisations engaged in the act to desist from it, adding “Human trafficking undermines human dignity.”
Mr Abdullai Razak Shani, the Chairperson of the Anti Slavery and Human Trafficking Committees of the Nanumba South District, said the internet and other digital platforms provided human traffickers with numerous tools to recruit, exploit and hide other criminal proceeds, hence need to adopt a more sophisticated method geared to address their criminal activities.
He indicated that “The success in eradicating human trafficking will depend on how law enforcement institutions and the criminal justice system, among others, could leverage technology in their responses, including aiding investigations to shed light on the modus operandi of trafficking networks, enhancing prosecution through digital evidence to alleviate the situation of victims in criminal proceedings and providing support services to survivors.”
Inspector Amaning Antwi, who received the petition on behalf of the District Police Commander, commended ActionAid Ghana for the initiative and expressed the need for collaboration to address the menace of human trafficking in the area.

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