The Child Protection Unit of Selserain of Don Bossco a Non-governmental organisation says it has uncovered a new form of child trafficking in Ghana. The organization which has embarked on a sensitisation mission dubbed “Save the Girl Child from Trafficking” said young Ghanian girls are being trafficked to the Middle East and other areas to work as domestic slaves.
The Deputy Director of the facility Mr Francis Adzraku speaking to Mynewsghana.com at a program to reintegrate some 20 rescued girls back into the society at Ashaiman stated that they have so far rescued about 50 young girls from domestic slavery from foreign lands.
The organisation, he said has also rescued other children from some fishing communities popularly called “Akosomo” in Ghana bringing the number to 297 children since its inception in the past four years.
Mr Adzraku revealed a worrying trend used by child traffickers as changing the identities of these children and sometimes abusing the girls sexually. He disclosed that mostly young head porters also referred to as” kayayi” are the worse victims in such circumstances.
Even though he said Ghana has moved from the tier-2 watchlist to tier-2 indicating good performance in the fight against child trafficking he however admonished parents to ask their children where they are getting their visa monies from and find out what kind of work they are going to do if they travel.
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According to him, this will alert the children on the consequences of child trafficking. Mr Adzraku also lauded state security agencies for collaborating with his organization in their rescue mission.
Source: Nyorngmor Daniel
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