Ghana Immigration Rescues 50 Girls from Arab Trafficking

In a previous post, I highlighted the abuse that many African women face in Middle Eastern countries. Due to poverty and low education, thousands of African women take up jobs as “housegirls.” They’re promised higher wages and better lives, but once they land in those countries, things become a nightmare.

Well, several countries throughout the continent are doing its due diligence in protecting its women and girls; namely Ghana. The following information comes from Daily Mail.

In the last quarter of 2019, Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) officials at the Ghana-Togo Border at Aflao rescued 50 Ghanaian women, ages 17-40, who were being trafficked to Arab states through Nigeria. Aflao GIS Sector Commander Mr. Frederick Duodu advised that due to tight security, traffickers were avoiding the airport and using the Aflao-Lome-Coutonu-Lagos land corridor. But since Togo and Nigeria joined Ghana in stopping traffickers, they were able to step up their surveillance—watching movements along the frontier. The following has been provided:

Togolese officials recently busted three Ghanaian women and two traffickers in a Hotel in Lome where they were waiting to travel to Nigeria.

The Nigerian authorities also in a separate incident arrested two women and two traffickers at the Seme Border with Benin.

The victims and their traffickers had since been handed over to the GIS.

Mr. Duodu advised that all of the victims were sent to the GIS headquarters in Accra, counseled, and reunited with their families. A total of six traffickers were arrested and are now serving jail time in Ghana, Togo, and Nigeria.

African countries working together to protect African women and girls is the definition of a Code of Conduct. To check out the full article, click here. If you have any additional information, please comment below.

Until Next Time…

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