33 trafficked children intercepted

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70349958.295The Police Anti- Human Trafficking Unit in collaboration with Challenging Heights, a non-governmental organization (NGO), has intercepted 33 children being trafficked to Yeji at Bunso Junction.

Briefing the press at  Koforidua, the Eastern Regional Public Relations Officer of the Police Service, Assistant Superintendent  of Police( ASP)Yaw Nketia-Yeboah,  said  the children were in different vehicles when they were found.

He said the children were coming from Ada, Ningo, Dowenya, Tema, Sogakope, Jita, Tefle and  other communities along the coast when they were kidnapped.

ASP Nketia-Yeboah said some of the children claimed they were visiting their parents to collect their school fees while others said they were visiting their parents to spend the vacation.

ASP Nketia-Yeboah said the Police are conducting investigations into the matter and advised parents not to allow their children to travel alone for long distances.

He appealed to drivers, passengers and Ghanaians to notify the police of any minor who is travelling alone or travelling with a stranger.

Mr. James Kofi Annan, the President of Challenging Heights, Ghana said there are over 21,000 children in slavery at Yeji as a result of child trafficking.

He said his outfit has been able to save 1,200 children from slavery so far.

Superintendent of Police Patience Quaye, the Director of Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Police Service, also complained about court cases involving child traffickers and called for support from the Ministry of Gender, Women and Social Protection.

 

-GNA

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