US Govt Lauds Ghana’s Increased Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking
By Dipo Olowookere
United States Secretary of State, Mr Mike Pompeo, has released the 18th annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.
The report assesses the efforts of governments around the world to fight human trafficking, including in the United States.
This year’s TIP Report notes the government of Ghana’s increased efforts to combat human trafficking in 2017, including implementing a national anti-trafficking plan, prosecuting and convicting an increased number of labour and sex traffickers, and increasing cooperation across anti-trafficking government agencies.
Additionally, Ghana adopted procedures to identify and refer trafficking victims to necessary services and supported a range of anti-trafficking awareness raising activities.
Although Ghana does not meet the minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking, these increased efforts have resulted in Ghana’s upgrade from Tier 2 Watch List to a Tier 2 ranking in the 2018 TIP Report, a statement by the US government said.
The 2018 TIP Report also identifies several areas for improvement in Ghana’s response to human trafficking. The TIP Report recommendations include: dedicating increased resources to holding traffickers accountable and providing care to victims, addressing the corruption and interference that impede the investigation of trafficking crimes, and developing and providing specialized services for child and adult victims of sex trafficking.
Increased efforts each year are necessary for a government to maintain or improve a Tier ranking. Ghana’s steps in the right direction in 2017 demonstrate how much can be achieved through the government’s committed action and its meaningful partnerships with civil society.
U.S. Ambassador Robert Jackson stated, “Ghana has made great strides during my time here to combat human trafficking, but there is still a long road ahead.”
The United States government says it remains committed to partnering with the Ghanaian government and the Ghanaian people to eradicate modern day slavery here in Ghana, and throughout the world.