Combating human trafficking

According to estimates by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), almost 21 million people are victims of forced labour – 11.4 million women and girls and 9.5 million men and boys.

Although human trafficking is illegal in Ghana and the government has enforced policies and actions against this crime, child trafficking continues to flourish. Children are, for instance, abused and forced to work in fishing, agriculture and mine industries.

Traffickers often buy or abduct children from their parents, and after they are forced to work in miserable conditions. In addition to the psychological pain these children suffer, the physical conditions are also often unbearable. Violence is very common and so called ‘work accidents’ where the children loose different body parts is something that occurs on a daily basis.

Project Nima works throughout the regions of Ghana where child trafficking is highly prevalent. Many children, who go to school in the slums, might the very next day fall into prey of traffickers. Preventative work is therefore of great importance in these areas. Project Nima primarily aims to prevent human trafficking by creating forums for dialogue and raising awareness about the issue. Together with our ambassadors we also develop different projects and workshops in order to prevent various forms of human trafficking and child labour. Project Nima further cooperates with the anti-trafficking organisation Right To Be Free (RTBF), based in Accra. In collaboration with RTBF, Project Nima locates and negotiates with traffickers in order to save victims of child trafficking.