U.S Ambassador Mr Jackson & Mr. Mahama

According to the Mr. Jackson his government is considering cutting assistance not only in the trafficking area but in many other areas adding all non-humanitarian aid may be cut in the next six months, if the matter is not taken seriously.

The US government has served notice that it shall cut $500 million set aside to prop up the Electricity Company of Ghana if those at the nation’s helm fail to bring to book persons who engage in trafficking and child labour.

Ghana appeared on the Tier 2 watch list position in the 2016 Trafficking in Persons report indicating the exploitation of Ghanaians, particularly children was high. The report further highlights extraordinary numbers of boys and girls forced into street hawking, begging and fishing.

US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson stated despite some investigations and awareness campaigns, Ghana’s government failed to demonstrate it had done enough to fight trafficking in 2015.

“The US has provided almost 15 million dollars in the last year, to assist the government with training and with enforcement. But we are seeing very little activity on the protection side, we are seeing very little activity on the enforcement side, and we are seeing zero activity on the prosecution side. These are the three pillars for combating trafficking.

“What we see is a lack of will to take this matter seriously” he told Starr News.

According to the Mr. Jackson his government is considering cutting assistance not only in the trafficking area but in many other areas adding all non-humanitarian aid may be cut in the next six months, if the matter is not taken seriously.

He submitted with the compilation of another TIP (Trafficking in Persons) report if the country’s efforts do not show evidence of reductions in labour violations, the consequences could be dire.

The US Ambassador nonetheless advised government to pursue prosecutions of persons connected to the business of trafficking, shut down fake recruitment agencies luring women to the Middle East for prostitution and for the government to equip shelters for persons rescued from trafficking and slavery to make it easy for them to be re-integrated into society.

 

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