Human Trafficker Granted Bail

Ibrahim Adams, 28-year-old Managing Director of Ibadams Ghana Travel and Tours Limited at Kwesimintsim, near Takoradi, who was arrested for allegedly engaging in human trafficking and exploitation, has been granted bail in the sum of GH¢20,000 with two sureties.

The businessman was arraigned before the Takoradi Circuit court last Tuesday.

He pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutor DSP, Richard Boatey, told the court, presided over by Mrs. Rita Duku, that the complainant is a statistician at the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).

He noted that the complainant’s sister, Hajaratu Issaha, 28, was trafficked to the Gulf country of Kuwait with the promise of landing  lucrative job in July this year.

However, when Issaha arrived in Kuwait, her passport was seized and she was sold out as a housemaid and made to work for 24 hours without rest while her allowances were paid to the agent of the travel agency.

In view of the drudgery, Hajaratu fell sick and called Adams on phone and pleaded with him to assist her return to Ghana, but he ignored her request.

The prosecutor said Issaha therefore pleaded with one Mohammed Nawfer Abdul Latif, the agent in Kuwait who received her allowances, to assist her return to Ghana.

However, the agent called Issaha’s relatives in Ghana and demanded $2,000 from them before she could be released.

Issaha’s brother lodged a complaint with the police in Ghana on November 2, this month and Adams was subsequently arrested by the police.

A search conducted in his office revealed an endorsed police cheque card and the company’s recruitment forms bearing the name of one George Anthony Nyarko, among others.

The police discovered that the accused person has so far trafficked six persons to Kuwait and Dubai through his travel agency which has not been registered by the Registrar General’s Department to operate.

The counsel of the accused person, Samuel Abakah, said the allegations were unfounded.

He stressed that the alleged victim was living comfortably in Kuwait and often called friends and relatives back home to express her delight for landing a good job.

Mr Abakah asked the judge to disregard the allegations and discharge his client.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi

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