Member of Parliament (MP) for Mpraeso, Davis Ansah Opoku, has asked all world leaders to collectively help fight human trafficking.

The lawmaker said the menace cannot be fought by individual countries alone.

He, however, acknowledged the importance of local interventions in tackling the problem.

Go beyond your jurisdictions to help tackle human trafficking – MP to world leaders
Mpraeso MP, Davis Ansah Opoku

Speaking at the Taskforce of the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security forum in Bucharest, Romania, Ansah Opoku commended Ghana’s efforts in dealing with canker.

Go beyond your jurisdictions to help tackle human trafficking – MP to world leaders
Parliamentary Intelligence and Security forum in Bucharest, Romania

“To do more means to go beyond measures in our own jurisdictions. That is not to understate the absolute necessity of local interventions in tackling the problem. On the contrary, I am very proud that in Ghana we have a National Plan of Action for the Elimination of Human Trafficking in Ghana which has accelerated the establishment of various anti-Human Trafficking enforcement units, the building of shelters for rescued victims, the adoption of standard operating procedures to identify victims and refer them to the appropriate services and a host of other interventions which has seen Ghana climb up and keep a stable position on the US’ tiered rankings.”

Go beyond your jurisdictions to help tackle human trafficking – MP to world leaders
Parliamentary Intelligence and Security forum in Bucharest, Romania

“Yet, Honourable Members, national measures apply internally and are only as good as equally strong national measures elsewhere. Human trafficking is by its nature an international problem, and our approach must likewise bear that universality in mind,” he said.

Meanwhile, in Ghana, the Police have introduced a comprehensive programme to educate the general public on human trafficking and its related offenses.

Go beyond your jurisdictions to help tackle human trafficking – MP to world leaders
Parliamentary Intelligence and Security forum in Bucharest, Romania

The education will cover all stakeholders, including school children, victims community members, and especially those in communities most affected by human trafficking.

As part of the programme, on June 29, the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Central Regional Police Command embarked on an outreach programme at some selected basic schools at Gomoa-Dago in the Central Region.

Go beyond your jurisdictions to help tackle human trafficking – MP to world leaders
Mpraeso MP, Davis Ansah Opoku

The outreach programme, was aimed at sensitising the pupils on the phenomenon of child trafficking, its adverse effects on victims, and society as a whole. The team also took the opportunity to educate pupils and staff on sexual offences and how to mitigate such occurrences.

They were also encouraged to report sexual offences to the police for action.

Go beyond your jurisdictions to help tackle human trafficking – MP to world leaders
Parliamentary Intelligence and Security forum in Bucharest, Romania

Also, the Gender Ministry and its partners including the European Union and the French Embassy have commissioned the refurbished Human Trafficking Secretariat.

The project, which was undertaken by Expertise France, is aimed at providing better working conditions for staff of the secretariat and a conducive atmosphere for engagement with trafficking victims.