Two Nigerians, a man and his wife are in police grips after the two were accused of child trafficking.
The two were arrested yesterday in Accra when the police received information that they were in the process of transporting children from Ghana to Nigeria.
It was believed that it was against the will of the children.
Human trafficking Act
The Human Trafficking Act (HTA), 2005, which was developed for the prevention, reduction and punishment of human trafficking for the rehabilitation and reintegration of trafficked persons, frowns on the act.
It defines human trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring, trading or receipt of persons within and across national borders by the use of threats, force or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, the abuse of power, among others.
Ghana prohibits all forms of trafficking through its HTA, which prescribes a minimum penalty of five years’ imprisonment for all forms of trafficking.
According to the AHTU, 61 per cent of all trafficking cases reported in Ghana were labour-related, while 39 per cent were sexual exploitation cases.
Communities along the Volta Lake are notorious for child trafficking.
It is estimated that fishing on Lake Volta, the fourth largest reservoir in the world, accounts for 90 per cent of the total inland fisheries output for Ghana, and approximately 20 per cent of the nation’s total fish catch.
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