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Engage Now Africa educates students on modern slavery and human trafficking

Engage Now Africa educates students on modern slavery and human trafficking

By Elorm Yao Aryee

An NGO Engage Now Africa has held a forum for students of Abutia Senior High School in the Ho West District of the Volta Region to sensitize them on human trafficking and other forms of exploitation.

The forum forms part of a series of activities of the organization is implementing to create awareness about the menace and its effects on victims.

Discussions were focused on Engage Now Africa’s projects on the field and possible solutions to deal with modern-day slavery in all forms.

Engage Now Africa in collaboration with security agencies has so far rescued about 108 victims of modern slavery and human trafficking across the country.

The Executive Director of the project, Mawuli Komla Afasi believes consistent education across the country will be effective in combating modern slavery and human trafficking.

He called on all stakeholders especially officers from the security agencies to be on the look out for perpetrators of such crimes.

Togbe Okae Debra who represented the chiefs of Abutia pledged the support of the traditional area to partner the project to achieve it purpose.

According to the US State Department’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report, Ghana is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labour and sex trafficking.

The exploitation of Ghanaians within the country – particularly children in the fishing and domestic service industries – is more prevalent compared with the average cases of transnational trafficking of foreigners worldwide.

The Volta Region has the highest incidences of child trafficking in Ghana due to the region’s growing fishing industry.

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