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Ghana police commission four marine boats to fight trafficking

The Ghana Police Service has commissioned four marine boats in the Krachi West Municipality of the Oti Region that will be used in the fight against human trafficking on the Volta Lake.

The boats were provided with support from the International Justice Mission (IJM).

The IJM agreed to offer marine police operational logistics and capacity-building trainings so that they could actively patrol some areas of the Volta Lake. This collaborative initiative led to the birth of the Volta Lake Marine Police Patrols Boat Team located in the nank of Kete-Krachi.

The director general of operations, Henry Otoo expressed worry about the increase in child trafficking in the area, adding that children are being forced into fishing and other aquaculture related activities.

According to him, children are being separated from their biological parents with some indulging in smoking, exposing them to other vices in society.

Anita Budu of the International Justice Mission said the presence of the police on the lake will help combat child trafficking.

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