A two-day capacity building workshop on human/child trafficking and the grooming and development of children is being held for stakeholders in the Effutu Municipality.
The workshop is a project titled: “Combating the Trafficking of Children for Labour in Effutu Municipality,” organised by the Directorate of Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) in collaboration with Projects Abroad, a Non-Governmental Organisation.
The stakeholders are made up of assembly members, the clergy, health service personnel, staff of Effutu Assembly, opinion leaders, targeted communities’ representatives and security personnel in Effutu Municipality.
Ms Mary Lois Amo-Reichmond, Deputy Superintendent of Immigration and Commander of the Directorate, said the workshop was to train participants on the phenomenon of human and child trafficking, their negative consequences and effects to enable them to sensitise their community members on the practice.
She said the GIS was working to eradicate the menace from the municipality and that the knowledge and skills participants would acquire would help disseminate the message for those indulging in it to stop.
She said the goals and objectives of the project was for the stakeholders to contribute effectively towards the prevention and abolition of child trafficking for exploitative employment, and organise strong and vocal groups to fight for the right of children.
Giving the background of the project, Mrs Amo-Richmond said the GIS conducted a survey on child trafficking in 15 communities in the municipality in which they discovered that people along the coast gave their children out for labour in Yeji, Adina, Keta, Agawedzi and Blekusu and took between 50 to 200 Ghana cedis from the trafficker for service ranging from one to five years.
She mentioned Ponkor, Ekyir, Ndaamba, Penkye, Ayipe, Sankro, Fetteh, Atekyedo, Ateitu, Ekroful, Eguaboanu, Flamingo and Akosua villages as the communities they conducted the survey.
Participants were taken through topics including Facts about Human Trafficking, Global Scope of the Problem, and Situation in Ghana among others by resource persons from the Immigration Service and Project Abroad.
Miss Marie-Eve Brassard of Project Abroad said eradication of child and human trafficking should be a collective affair and, therefore, the need for all to join the crusade of its eradication. GNA