Participants at an International Justice Mission (IJM) seminar have known as for stiffer sanctions on perpetra-tors of compelled labour within the nation.

The contributors emphasized that it could function a deterrent to individuals accountable for compelled labour and make sure the rights of all persons are safe.

The one-day seminar held in Accra on Wednesday equipped the opportu-nity for correct deliberation on “the menace of forced labour, its implica-tion on the economy, rule of law and the way forward.”

Forced Labour in keeping with the Labour Act 2003 refers to paintings or carrier this is exacted from an individual underneath danger of a penalty, and for which that individual has now not presented himself or herself voluntarily.

Speaking on the seminar, the Inter-national Labour Organisations (ILO) Representative in Ghana, Mr Em-manuel Kwame Mensa, stated compelled labour was once prevalent in Ghana because of majority of the economic system being casual.

“About 70 to 80 per cent of Ghana’s economy was in the in-formal sector and it had a way of making things inconsequential,” he defined.

He printed that, signs that assist create correct perceive-ing of compelled labour incorporated “abuse of vulnerability; decep-tion; isolation physical and sexual abuse; withholding of documents; threats; intimidation; with-holding of wages; excessive overtime and abusive living and working conditions.”

Mr Mensa added that compelled labour was once ceaselessly lost sight of because of the sphere it happened in and significant consideration will have to be positioned at the induvial being compelled to “produce the commodity such as his or her welfare and if their rights were infringed upon during the production.”