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Aflao GIS intercepts 50 girls being trafficked to Arab States

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Officials of the Ghana Immigration Service at the Ghana-Togo Border at Aflao, in the fourth quarter of last year intercepted more than 50 Ghanaian young women, who were being trafficked to Arab states through Nigeria.

The victims were aged between 17 and 40.

The Sector Commander at the Aflao Immigration Service Frederick Duodu, told the

GNA that their rescue followed intensified surveillance.

He said given the tight security at the Kotoka International Airport, the traffickers are avoiding the Airport and are increasingly using the Aflao-Lome-Coutonu-Lagos corridor.

He noted that Togo and Nigeria have joined Ghana in the effort to stop the traffickers. They have all stepped up surveillance closely monitoring movements along their frontiers.

According to him, the Togolese officials recently busted three Ghanaian women and two traffickers in a Hotel in Lome where they were waiting to travel to Nigeria. The Nigerian authorities also in a separate incident arrested two women and two traffickers at the Seme Border with Benin.

The victims and their traffickers have since been handed over to the Ghana Immigration Service. Mr. Doudu said all the victims were sent to the GIS headquarters in Accra, counselled and then re-united with their families.

He said a total of six arrested traffickers are now serving jail terms in Ghana, Togo and Nigeria.

He called on all to be vigilant and report suspected human traffickers to the security agencies.

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