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.
Such criticism, they argue, are largely misplaced because the majority of African diamond mining and trade has turned clean years ago, and conflict diamonds - even as per the admission of the 81-member Kimberly Process (KP) - constitute less than 0.5 percent of the $1.2 billion annual trade.
Many consider it dangerous work, given the rugged, isolated and male-dominated environment she encounters but that has not deterred the 43-year-old mother of three. Last week, Broomes was one of nine people worldwide whom Secretary of State John Kerry honored for their work in helping fight human trafficking.
By Roger-Claude Liwanga, Special for CNN
Editor’s note: Roger-Claude Liwanga is a human rights lawyer from the Congo and visiting scholar at Boston University. He worked for The Carter Center as a legal consultant, where he developed a training module to train Congolese judges and prosecutors on the protection of children against trafficking for economic exploitation in the mines.
Toronto — International mining firms rushing to invest in Eritrea's burgeoning minerals sector risk involvement in serious abuses unless they take strong preventive measures. The failure of the Vancouver-based company Nevsun Resources to ensure that forced labour would not be used during construction of its Eritrea mine, and its limited ability to deal with forced labor allegations when they arose, highlight the risk.
PARIS – An international police operation has freed nearly 400 children from forced labor in gold mines and cotton fields in Burkina Faso.
The police agency Interpol says children as young as 6 were found working in extreme conditions, including down "narrow, airless mining holes," and receiving no pay or schooling.
By Aodhán Ó Faoláin and Ray Managh
A Nigerian mother-of-three wanted in France in connection with an investigation into trafficking and forcing young women into prostitution, as well as money-laundering, has been brought before the High Court.