An Anti-Human Trafficking Unit has been inaugurated for the Eastern Regional Police Command at the region’s Police Headquarters in Koforidua yesterday.
The inauguration was done by his Lordship Justice Efo Kaglo of the Koforidua High Court and was assisted by the Eastern Regional Police Commander, ACP Kwabena Gyamerah-Yeboah.
However, 30 policemen and women were trained to work in the Unit to fight human trafficking issues in region.
The Eastern Regional Police Commander, ACP Kwabena Gyamerah-Yeboah during the inauguration said anti-trafficking issues whereby privileged people exploitatively use under-privileged individuals and groups to amass wealth for themselves have become a major concern in the region.
He stressed that the menace cannot be overlooked adding that everything should be done possible to eradicate it from the region.
‘In order to help eradicate this menace, the anti-human trafficking unit is being inaugurated today to enable the police combat this crime from the region’. He said.
He added that the menace is not only the responsibility of the police but mentioned security agencies like the Fire Services, Immigration Service, Customs, Excise and Preventive Service, the army as stakeholders responsible to help fight the menace.
He added that it is also a shared and collective responsibility of the Transport Union, the Media and the general public to also help in the fight against human trafficking issues in the region.
He thanked United Nations Children's Fund(UNICEF)for supporting the Eastern Regional Police Command to inaugurate the anti- human trafficking unit.
For his part, the Eastern Regional Director of the Department of Children Mr Antony Dontoh, in a solidarity message read on his behalf revealed that traffickers are now changing their methods of operation adding that they have now adopted the use of female recruiters, more subtle forms of exploitation and greater psychological abuse of trafficking children.
He therefore advised development partners and civil society in the region to actively promote best practices in the prevention and prosecution of the menace as well as promote the protection of chilren against the menace.
He said with ‘sustainable victims-centred initiatives and effective coordination among stakeholders, trafficking can be eliminated within our lifetime’.