Let’s join hands to end modern slavery - Ghana MP urges

23 March 2018

By Christian Kpesese/ ghanamps.com

The Member of Parliament for the Hohoe constituency in the Volta region, Dr Bernice Adiku Heloo has called for concerted efforts from stakeholders including government, civil society and the media in the fight against all forms of modern slavery in the Ghanaian society.
According to the lawmaker, modern day slavery such as forced labour, human trafficking, debt bondage, forced and commercial sexual exploitation, descent-based slavery, child slavery, forced and early marriage, ritual servitude among several others have consequences to the economic fortunes of the country hence the need to help curb them.

The International Labour Organisation in 2016 reported that the Global modern slave trade is worth US$150 billion whiles an estimated 103, 300 people are involved in the trade in Ghana as reported by the Global Slave Index, 2016.

About 49, 000 children are currently working on the Volta Lake with 21, 000 of them engaged in hazardous labour.
The challenge she said has assume an international dimensions urging nations to work together both domestically and internationally to tackle the menace.

Dr Adiku Heloo has therefore urged government to as a matter of urgency place priority on the matter as required by the1992 constitution guarantees the fundamental human rights and freedoms of all persons.

She is advocating the consolidation of all existing legislation on the protection of people’s rights and the strengthening of the media and CSO’s to investigate and report all modern slavery activities.

Government has also been urged to allocate more resources to the anti-human trafficking unit of the Ghana Police Service so they can be more effective, decentralisation of child protection programmes to enable local authorities own such initiatives, and the provision of adequate resources for rescue, transportation, feeding and sheltering of victims of modern slavery.
Section 28 (2) of the constitution states that “Every child has the right to be protected from engaging in work that constitutes a threat to his health, education or Development and the Human Trafficking Act, 2005 (Act 694) defines 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 or exploitation of vulnerability, orgiving or receiving payments and benefits to achieve consent. 


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