The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has warned citizens, especially those in border areas across the country, to be cautious when using motorbikes for business purposes to avoid becoming a victim of human trafficking and other crimes.
The GIS claims that some motorbike riders who used their vehicles for business helped human traffickers move unknowing victims to other nearby nations.
During a border security and management sensitization engagement held at Buko, a border town close to Sampa in the Jaman North District of the Bono Region, Deputy Superintendent of Immigration (DSI) David Odoi Kpobi of the GIS, an officer at the Sampa Sector Command of the GIS, delivered the proposal.
The International Centre for Migration and Policy Development financed MIHOSO International, an NGO, organized the engagement with the help of CDD-Ghana in accordance with the execution of its cross-border crime Project.
The GIS and the Department of Social Welfare are additional local partners supporting the project’s implementation, which is a national initiative being carried out in border communities and aimed at strengthening border management and security to help reduce cross-border activity.
DIS Kpobi expressed concern that human trafficking was reemerging in the Jaman North District, which shared a border with Ivory Coast. He claimed that some Okada riders assisted the traffickers by carrying unwitting victims through illegal routes in the area to Ivory Coast.