In a bid to curb the vulnerability of migrant workers, especially women, key stakeholders have met in Accra to deliberate on migration challenges, impact on livelihoods and safe labour migration pathways.
The Chief Labour Officer at the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, Eugene Korletey, said government has a duty, to protect Ghanaian migrant workers from being victims of human trafficking, sexual exploitation and other inhumane treatments.
He has therefore called for pragmatic measures to deal with operators of illegal agencies, to ensure labour migration as a livelihood strategy, is safe and orderly.
He said this at the Ghanaian-German for jobs, Migration and Re-integration Gender Conference in Accra.
Young people especially women have become victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in their quest to escape poverty and improve upon their economic well-being.
They are lured by criminals with the promise of recruiting them as domestic workers to the Gulf States but end up being maltreated and abused.
This the Ghanaian-German Center for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration (GGC), in collaboration with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations seek to curb by improving living conditions and providing opportunities to enhance job prospects.
Regional Coordinator of GGC Benjamin Woesten spoke on the need for all partners to unite in championing gender related issues and its impacts on migration.
Participants of the Conference included people from the Gender Ministry, Ghana Immigration Service, National Association of Beauticians and Hairdressers and International Organization for migration.