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The United States government says Ghanaian women are being forced into prostitution and forced labour in foreign countries, particularly in the Middle East.

According to the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report 2013, Ghanaian women migrating to the Middle East to work are forced into prostitution upon their arrival.

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Despite making significant strides, Ghana is still struggling to comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking, says a new US report.

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An estimated 10.5 million children worldwide - most of them under age - are working as domestic workers in people's homes, in hazardous and sometimes slavery-like conditions, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has disclosed.

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Kumasi — The Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Ghana Police Service in Kumasi is undertaking underground investigations into complaints of sexual abuse of inmates of the Touch A Life Care Centre at Abrankese in the Lake Bosomtwe District of the Ashanti Region.

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The National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) has rescued 50 trafficked Nigerian girls from Ghana and Cote d' Ivoire.

Executive Secretary of the agency, Beatrice Jeddy-Agba, disclosed this yesterday while briefing newsmen on the operation in Abuja.

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Below, my colleague Isabella Bennett, a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, offers an assessment of how to reduce human trafficking.
 
The latest estimates by the International Labor Organization state that nearly 21 million people are victims of forced labor—and a significant amount of this suffering is fueled by every day products available on American shelves.
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Two remanded for human trafficking

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 17:43
A Kumasi Circuit Court has remanded two people into prison custody for allegedly trying to sell the 19-year old son of a landlord.

Musah Kwaku Nyankini, a butcher, 30, and Abu Tawiah, a 27-year old farmer, are standing trial for human trafficking when they attempted to sell the teenager for GH¢5,000.00.
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Assembly launches human trafficking group

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 14:48

The group has been created to promote effective action against trafficking for sexual and labour exploitation.

Adults and children are known to be trafficked into Northern Ireland for sexual exploitation.

However, they are also brought into the region to be used in various forms of labour exploitation and for criminal activity - including illegal drug production, fraud and theft.

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Two Nigerians jailed for human trafficking

Saturday, 21 December 2013 14:42

Source: GNA

Two Nigerians who trafficked three women from Nigeria, under the pretext of offering them jobs but subjected them to sexual abuse, were on Thursday sentenced to seven years imprisonment by an Accra circuit court.

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Patience Quaye, Dovvsu honoured

Monday, 09 December 2013 03:04
The Head of the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Mrs Patience Ashorkor Quaye, and the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) have been honoured by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection for their contribution to the campaign against gender-based violence in the country.
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