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Human Trafficker Sentenced to Five Years Imprisonment in Ghana

ACCRA, GHANA – September 20th, 2022
14 year old survivor is granted justice and compensation - as his trafficker is sentenced to five years imprisonment.

The Sentence

The Jasikan Circuit Court in Ghana's Oti Region has sentenced a 45-year-old fisherman to a five-year imprisonment term for the offense of human trafficking and ordered him to pay a compensation of 20,000 cedis to the victim. The final judgement brings relief to the 14-year-old survivor, Khris*, who is now enrolled in school for the first time, and to his family with whom he has been reintegrated.

The Trafficking

Khris is the eldest of five siblings from Ningo Lotsubue in the Greater Accra Region. In 2016, his parents visited Nkonya-Adjamasu where the recruiter approached them intending to engage their son in fishing activities on the Lake. The recruiter promised an amount of GHC 500 annually to Khris’s parents.

After he was given away for this sum, Khris lived and worked with his boat master on the lake for five years with no access to education. While on the lake, his work included paddling the canoe and setting baskets and bamboo traps in the lake. Most days, he worked on the lake from midnight to noon.

The Rescue

Supported by International Justice Mission Ghana, the Oti Regional Police Command and the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) in the early hours of March 15, 2021, launched into Nkonya-Adjamasu to locate and rescue Khris and arrest his boat master, Issah.

The Restoration

After the rescue, Khris was placed in a private shelter for his care and rehabilitation.

The DSW, with IJM’s support, ensured the right care and psychosocial support for Khris. There was also a collaborative effort to conduct a thorough home assessment of his family before reintegrating him with a close relative–a joyful reunion after five years of being trafficked.

Khris is currently enrolled in school.

As we applaud this judgement as a step in the right direction in the fight against injustice, IJM commends the Oti regional police and the DSW for their diligent efforts to protect Khris and many children like him. The Office of the Attorney-General, Ho is also commended for their diligent effort at prosecution.

*Pseudonym


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