GIS warns against use of motorbikes in border areas to prevent human trafficking

GIS warns against use of motorbikes in border areas to prevent human trafficking: Ghana News
Deputy Superintendent of Immigration (DSI) David Odoi Kpobi

The (GIS) has issued a warning to residents, especially those living in border communities, about the use of commercial motorbikes, emphasizing the risks of and related crimes associated with them.

The GIS has reported that some motorbike riders are collaborating with human traffickers to transport unsuspecting victims to neighboring countries.

This alert was conveyed by Deputy Superintendent of Immigration (DSI) David Odoi Kpobi during a border security and management sensitization engagement held in Buko, a border town near Sampa in the Jaman North District of the .

This engagement, organized with support from CDD-Ghana and MIHOSO International, an , is part of the implementation of the Cross-Border Crime Project, funded by the International Centre for Migration and Policy Development.

The project aims to improve border management and security, reducing cross-border crime.

Deputy Superintendent Kpobi expressed concern about the resurgence of human trafficking in the Jaman North District, which shares its border with .

He highlighted that some motorbike riders assist traffickers by transporting victims through unauthorized routes to Ivory Coast.

Kpobi emphasized that human trafficking is a serious offense punishable by law. He warned those involved, directly or indirectly, to cease such activities, as the Human Trafficking Act of 2005 (Act 694) stipulates a minimum of five years of imprisonment for offenders.

Nana Kofi Krufi, the Chief of Buko, commended the project's implementation in the area and encouraged residents to remain vigilant. He urged support for the GIS in cracking down on suspected human traffickers.

Additionally, he advised local youth planning to travel abroad to engage with the GIS and obtain the necessary travel documents to ensure their safety and avoid unnecessary risks.

  • Reporting by Dennis Peprah: Editing by Adewale Adejoke

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