The Gender Ministry has since 2019 rescued, supported and given care to over 611 victims of Human Trafficking, the sector Minister has revealed.

Cynthia Morrison said the adult shelter in the period under review also received 63 survivors of human trafficking.

The rescued persons included 200 children and 411 adults.

This was contained in a presentation delivered by the Minister when she took her turn at this week’s ‘Meet the Press engagement’ at the Ministry of Information.

She said Ghana is currently on a Tier 2 ranking with the US Department of Labour (DOL) tier ranking, noting that Ghana is making a significant effort to fight human trafficking.

“Government has released ¢1 million into the Human Trafficking Fund to effectively combat the menace with the operationalisation of two government shelters to give care to rescued victims of human trafficking.”

According to the Minister, the ministry has so far trained 45 law enforcement officers with the aim of building their capacity to better help with the fight against Human Trafficking in Ghana.

On the issue of public education, the minister said her outfit undertook series of community dialogues and sensitisations in efforts to increase awareness and education on Human Trafficking and irregular migration issues.

She said this ultimately improved in reducing the rate of human trafficking and its related activities in the country.

“As part of the Blue Day, the Ministry embarked on a Social Media Awareness raising campaign on Human Trafficking.

“Ghana joined the world to commemorate this year’s World Day against Trafficking in Persons (Blue Day). This was to intensify our prevention mechanisms through awareness raising campaigns.” 

Cynthia Morrison said the Ministry has organised a durbar for 75 traditional leaders from all the regions of Ghana to sensitise them on the dangers associated with Human Trafficking.