Human Trafficking: 4 Kids Rescued By Police And Social Welfare
End Modern Slavery (EMS), in partnership with the Police and the Social Welfare Department, rescued four children, two boys, and two girls, from human trafficking and reunited them with their families.
The exercise was carried out in collaboration with the Ghana Police Service and the Department of Social Welfare by End Modern Slavery of Engage Now Africa (ENA), an international non-governmental organization that works to prevent and combat human trafficking and poverty in Ethiopia, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Ghana.
According to sources, the two boys, whose identities have been suppressed, are 10 and 13 years old and were trafficked to Accra to attend school with a family member known as Rose, a trader from Berekum-Senase in the Bono East Region.
However, rather than sending the children to school as promised by their parents, the merchant sent her 8-year-old daughter to school in Accra’s Ofankor and engaged the young boys in street hawking.
However, an eyewitness to the occurrence alerted the Director of Operations End Modern Slavery, Afasi Komla, who alerted the Ghana Police Service’s Eastern Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Unit and the Department of Social Welfare, who came to their aid.
The suspect was subsequently arrested for additional investigation, and it was discovered that she had been sending Ghc30 per month to the boy’s parents in Berekum.
A businessman dispatched one of the girls, aged 13 to 17, from Akim-Aboabo in the Birim Central Municipality to engage in gari business in Amanase in the Ayensuano District, and the other was also brought from Adeiso.
Mr. Komla, End Modern Slavery’s Director of Operations, who went to the rescue of these four youngsters, supplied survivors with livelihood support cash.
He also took them to the hospital for medical examinations and gave one of the female victims a sewing machine.
He warned parents not to ignore child labor issues since it fosters all other forms of child abuse and crime around the world, and they should stop doing so.
“Many human trafficking victims have had unpleasant post-rescue experiences during interviews and judicial proceedings,” he explained.
“They have faced ignorance, misunderstanding, victimization, and punishment as a result of offenses their traffickers forced them to do”.
He went on to say that through the foundation, they have been able to assist in identifying and saving victims, as well as assisting them on their path to rehabilitation, by putting in place a number of steps to combat the crime.
Freedom is a vital human right, according to Afasi Komla, and “that is what Engage Now Africa stands for and what makes us human.” This right, however, has been taken away from people all over Africa and the world.”
Lydia Ohenewa, ENA’s child assessment officer, thanked the Ghana Police Service, the Department of Social Welfare, and the Sam Malouf family for their contributions to Engage Now Africa.