Ghana Has Narrowly Escaped Facing US Sanctions Over Deplorable Trafficking Rankings

Ghana narrowly escaped an otherwise required downgrade to Tier 3 Watch List country for Trafficking in Persons Report which would have restricted the country from United States of America (USA) assistance.

This is largely because the Government of Ghana, last year, devoted sufficient resources to a written plan of action which, if implemented, would constitute significant efforts to meet the minimum standards.

As a result, Ghana was granted a waiver from an otherwise required downgrade to Tier 3.

However, Ghana could be subject to an automatic downgrade to Tier 3 Watch List country for Trafficking in Persons Report in 2018.

If Ghana is downgraded to Tier 3, it will become subject to restrictions on US assistance.

More than 100,000 men, women, and children in Ghana are reportedly suffering in modern-day slavery.

Human trafficking is a $150 billion industry and every country — including Ghana and including the United States must do everything possible to stop this human trade.”

The US Department of State’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report ranked Ghana as a Tier 2 Watch List country.

Yesterday, US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, released the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report in Washington, under the theme ‘Enhancing Criminal Accountability and Addressing Challenges in Prosecution Efforts’.

 Photographer: F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The 2017 TIP Report includes narratives for 187 countries and territories, including the United States.

The TIP report’s recommendations for Ghana comprise nine goals and objectives.

It includes increasing the number of traffickers held accountable for their crimes by providing sufficient support for the police, immigration service and attorney general’s office to investigate and prosecute trafficking offences.

Source: The Finder

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