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Type of document: News
Topic: Actions/initiatives/projects
Geographic descriptors: Ghana
Language: English
Source: www.accra-mail.com/mailnews.asp?id=16607
Date of publication: 18 May 2006
Long Abstract: Human Trafficking Law, Act 694 explained

GNA | Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2006

Mrs. Sweetie Sowah, Western Regional Director of the Legal Aid Board, has said parents who offer their child for trafficking commit an offence under the Human Trafficking Law, Act 694.

She was speaking at a community puppetry sensitisation programme on the Human Trafficking Law organised by the Department of Children at Sekondi. Mrs. Sowah said the consent of the parent for the trafficking of his/her child cannot be used as defence against the offence for "anybody who provides another person for trafficking commits an offence".

Mrs. Sowah said an offender of the law is liable on summary conviction to a term of imprisonment of not less than five years.

She said human trafficking involves the illegal recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring, trading and receipt of persons within the country and across national borders.

Mrs. Sowah said human trafficking including child trafficking is often achieved by the use of threat, force and other forms of coercion; abduction; fraud; deception; abuse of power and exploitation of vulnerable persons.

She said under the law, exploitation includes "minimum induced prostitution and other forms of sexual exploitation; forced labour or service; slavery; practices similar to slavery; servitude and removal of human organs".

Mrs. Sowah said: "Placement for sale, bonded placement, temporary placement and placement for service where exploitation by someone else is the motivating factor constitutes trafficking."

She urged people with information about human trafficking to inform the Police, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Department of Social Welfare, Legal Aid Board and other civil society organisations.

Mrs. Sowah said those, who fail to inform the police of human trafficking commit an offence and can be fined and imprisoned for at least 12 months. She said a police officer, who fails to investigate a report of human trafficking, can be subjected to Police Service Disciplinary procedure.

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