The Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Francisca Oteng Mensah, has called for urgent actions to curb new modes of human trafficking that are on the rise in the country.
She made the appeal when the International Justice Mission (IJM) paid a courtesy call on the Gender Ministry at its office in Accra on April 20, 2023.
According to the Kwabre East MP, there are new modes of human trafficking such as street trafficking. This mode, she explains, happens when people in rural areas are deceptively moved to the streets in the big cities as beggars.
Madam Francisca Oteng Mensah said each beggar is saddled with debt bondage arising from their transportation to the city and given a daily quota of sales to make. This will enable these beggars to earn their freedom after a period.
“Each morning and evening several of them, packed inside a vehicle are dropped and picked at vantage points in the city respectively before and after working for their masters. This is intelligence picked from the National Security and the BNI,” the Deputy Gender Minister said.
She indicated that this and other new modes of human trafficking and social vices, are of great concern to the Ministry and called for hands on deck to help curb the menace.
The Deputy Gender Minister also acknowledged the role of the International Justice Mission in the fight against human trafficking.
She also thanked the IJM officers for the kind words and congratulatory messages on her appointment as Deputy Minister of Gender, Children, and Social Protection and used the opportunity to congratulate the newly-appointed Director of IJM West Africa, Anita Budu.
Madam Oteng Mensah expressed her joy about a woman occupying such a position while assuring IJM of her assistance and commitment to the fight against human trafficking.
Ethel Puplampu | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana