The hub of child trafficking in Ghana is the Volta Region. Statistics shows that children being traded for money or assets in the V/R are predominantly engaged in work such as fishing. Children forced into fishing and other forms of child labor, he said, risked losing their lives and were also denied education which was an infringement on their rights.
Court Jails Parents trafficking their 8 year old Boy
Today the Dambai Magistrate Court has sentenced two individuals Lydia Dotse, 39, a farmer from Agavey and Mawuli Nyajor 30 a fisherman from Agage in the Volta Region. Both individuals were served with a 12 months jail sentence for engaging in child trafficking.
The two accused, both pleaded not guilty to two counts of charges. The first was conspiracy to commit crime contrary to the criminal act and human trafficking. The 8year old boy Gameli Adukpo who at the time was in Keta-Krachi.
The agreement between the mother and the fisherman was a monthly salary of GHS100.00. And 2 years fee of GHS 300. However, the child escaped from the house of the Fisherman due to the maltreating he suffered.
During his escape, he was found by the Assemblyman who upon interrogation realized that the child was not from the town. The police sent the victim to an Orphanage called the Village of LIFE. The Partners Community Development at Kete Krachi are the owners of the orphanage.
Earlier this year, the Police rescued 31 children engaged in forced labour on the Volta Lake in the Volta Region. The police also arrested 11 persons in connection with the trafficking of the children.
Human trafficking is an international problem
Human trafficking is an international problem affecting millions of people and many countries around the world. In Ghana, the internal trafficking of children is one of the biggest challenges. Many Ghanaian children are trafficked from their villages to work in the fishing industry or as sex slaves.
The US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson said “The Volta Region in Ghana is the nexus of trafficking in this country, so many children are trafficked to the lake. We met with some of the children and parents and relatives and people working to combat trafficking during our visit there and their stories are powerful and heart-wrenching”,.
REPORT TO THE NEXT POLICE STATION WHEN YOU SUSPECT HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN YOUR COMMUNITY