This study delves into the prevalence of the trafficking phenomenon in Ghana, its characteristics and the associated push and pull factors. The study aims to build a baseline for evidence‐based prevention and protection action plans. It characterizes the phenomenon qualitatively and quantitatively through a desk review, collection and analysis of reported cases of victims of sex trafficking and interviews with key informants at the district and community levels, covering the 2014–2018 period. The data used in this study is complemented by focus group discussions and questionnaires, among the methodologies.
The findings of the study provide a basis for the training of senior national focal points to enhance their capacities in responding to sex trafficking and in implementing the existing national counter-trafficking standard operating procedure. The findings will be disseminated among the targeted agencies, namely the Ghana Immigration Service; Ghana Police Service; the Department of Social Welfare; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration; the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection; and the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, as well as other interested agencies.