Immigration Service tightens operations to tackle human trafficking

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The Ghana Immigration Service has indicated that it has intensified screening at the Kotoka International Airport.

This follows the rescue of six ladies who were being trafficked to Lebanon.

According to the Service, it has therefore increased its profiling of prospective travellers to avert such incidences.

 In 2018, the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations banned employment agencies from recruiting Ghanaians for domestic work to the Gulf countries.

Speaking to Citi News, PRO of the Ghana Immigration Service at the Kotoka International Airport, Assistant Superintendent of Immigration, Barbara Sam said their latest mechanism will bring an end to what appears to be a return of such cases.

“During our profiling of these girls, we were asking them their destination and the purpose of their travel. They couldn’t tell us and they didn’t even know who is going to receive them at the other end. After going through our profiling, which we have intensified because of this, we realized that the ladies were being trafficked and they didn’t even know any agent. This issue used to be on the high but last year but government placed a ban on people travelling to gulf states so it reduced but it looked like it’s coming back again. But the Immigration is also intensifying its profiling and training.”

Immigration Service foils trafficking of seven women

Officials of the Ghana Immigration Service at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) Command prevented a 26-year-old woman from being forced by her family to travel to Lebanon.

The woman, whose name is being withheld, hails from the Egbazo, Nzema in the Jomoro District of the Western Region, and was spotted crying at the departure hall by an officer. She was escorted to the Immigration Fraud Unit for interrogation at KIA.

After being questioned by officers of the Fraud Unit, the woman revealed that she was recruited by one Alberta who later transferred her to another agent, whose name was given as Mina in Accra to facilitate her transportation to the Gulf state.

According to her, she was charged an amount of ¢7,500. But her family was able to raise ¢2,200 with the promise to pay the balance on her arrival.



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