Police rescue 12 West African nationals, seize 15 laptops in suspected trafficking case at Kpone

In a joint operation conducted by the Tema regional police command and military personnel, a suspected human trafficking syndicate was discovered in the Sebrepor community in the Kpone Katamanso Municipality of the Greater Accra region.

The operation, which took place on August 20, 2023, led to the arrest of two West African nationals who were allegedly holding 12 other nationals in bondage. According to residents, the victims were being subjected to severe maltreatment.

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Inside a five-bedroom house in the area, the police found 15 laptops that were allegedly being used for cybercrime activities by the victims, who were identified as Nigerians between the ages of 18-30.

Residents in the neighborhood had reported disturbances and noise from the house, which prompted them to alert the police. The arrival of police officers led to the arrest of 14 occupants, including the two West African nationals and the 12 alleged victims.

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One resident described the dire situation inside the house, stating that the victims appeared hungry and pale, indicating that they were being held against their will. It was alleged that the victims were forced to engage in cybercrime activities to secure clients and food.

The Assembly Member for Sebrepor Electoral Area, Prince Jacob Adjorvor, confirmed the report and commended the efforts of the police and military personnel in apprehending the suspected kidnappers.

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The discovery of this suspected human trafficking syndicate highlights the ongoing efforts to combat human trafficking and related crimes in the region. Investigations will likely continue to uncover more details about the operation and assist the victims.


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