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Ghana to lose $500m MCC fund over human trafficking

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The United States of America has said Ghana may lose the $500 million Millennium Challenge Compact Fund, MCC, over its failings in combating human trafficking in the country.

The American Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson, disclosed this at a two-day workshop on trafficking, adding that if the government fails to improve efforts in the fight against human trafficking, the country will miss out of the fund.

It would be recalled that the US Department of State had ranked Ghana as a tier 2 watch-list country in 2016, the second year in a roll it has been given such status.

Speaking at the workshop, Mr. Jackson described the Volta Region as the nexus of trafficking in Ghana.

“If we go to the Volta Region, I can buy five children for what it costs to buy an outboard motor for a boat, and no country is immune.

“For too long, Ghana’s courts have not convicted people for this crime. There are plenty of victims so there must be criminals as well. What this means is that, Ghana does not meet the minimum standards for combating trafficking in persons,” Mr. Jackson noted.

“This means Ghana risks losing assistance from USAID. It risks losing the $500 million Millennium Challenge Account Compact.”


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