Friday, February 24, 2017

4 arrested for human trafficking

12:14:00 AM

The police have raided and arrested four persons including an Arabian for allegedly being part of a human trafficking ring in Accra.

This follows a Joy News collaboration with the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Police Service about the activities of human traffickers.

According to Joy News' Kwetey Nartey, the ring leader had arranged for some girls they intend trafficking to the Gulf States to take their medicals today so a surveillance to monitor their movements at Mamobi was put in place.

The girls were taken to an uncompleted house where a nurse was on hand to take their blood for testing after which they will be camped and later flown out of the country.

They had an official from the passport office on standby to assist the Arabian in securing fake birth certificates and passports for the girls.

The man, whose name is withheld for security reasons, is alleged to be recruiting girls who are slim and between the ages of 18-22 whom, he has promised to provide free accommodation, travel documents, passports and juicy jobs in Dubai, Kuwait, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.

His mode of operation is to scout for girls at pubs and urge them to help him recruit girls from the hinterlands. For any girl these agents provide he pays them GHC200 cedis per head.

Also included in his network are officials at passport office who work on securing the needed travel documents for the girls.

For now, police investigations are ongoing.
Joy News' Kwetey Nartey has for months been investigating issues relating to girls who are turned into sex slaves in the Gulf States.

Employers of domestic workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and Oman) commonly called the รข€˜Gulf States have been guiltyof abusing and maltreating domestic workers.

Only recently there was the harrowing report of how a lady jumped from a three-storey building in an attempt to escape rape.

With more than 90 percent of domestic workers being migrant workers, some have also praised their employers for taking good care of them.

Kwetey Nartey has been investigating some of these harrowing human rights abuses perpetrated by these trafficking rings who deceive young girls and send them to the Gulf States.

It is a project he has been working on together with Africa Centre for International Law and PANOS Institute of West Africa on the harmful effects of cross-border migration.

Story by Ghana | | Abubakar Ibrahim

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