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Child Trafficking…. all hands on deck

By James Harry Obeng


MR. Peter Akyea, the Greater Accra Regional Director of the Department of Children (DOC), has expressed grave concern about the spate at which child trafficking was becoming widespread in the country.


He said though the country have passed the Human Trafficking Law (Act 694) to handle cases relating to trafficking offences, available information indicate that the country serves as a sending, receiving and transit point.


He has therefore urged Ghanaians to place premium on securing a brighter future for the country by assisting and co-operating with appropriate agencies, especially the DOC and the police, to knock out child trafficking from the country “because these children who are being kidnapped into all sorts of unimaginable activities are the future leaders of the country”.


Mr Akyea expressed the concern at a workshop to outdoor Ghana’s Plus ‘5’ Report which gives account for government and civil society organisations’ actions, commitment and constraints in contributing to a World Fit for Children (WFFC) in Accra last Friday.


The workshop, organised by the DOC of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MOWAC), brought together stakeholder bodies in child protection issues and the media in the Greater Accra Region, to preview the report, prior to its official launch by the end of the year.


Mr Akyea said the DOC was engaged in series of sensitisation programmes to conscientise the public about the evils of trafficking in society towards eliminating the unfortunate phenomenon from the country.


Presenting an overview of the report, Mr. Sylvester Kyei–Gyamfi of the Information Research and Advocacy Division (IRAD) of the DOC, said that “there is evidence of children involved in commercial sex work in the country”, a development he attributed to “lack of parental support, broken marriages, parental irresponsibility, peer pressure and child delinquency”.


He noted that the increase in the number of internet cafes, sophisticated mobile phones and other audio visual gadgets like the VCD, VHS, and DVD, have also led to children accessing pornography in the country and urged the public to assist the department to clamp down on such developments in the country.


He however paid glowing tribute to the media in raising public awareness of issues child welfare in the country through its coverage on child–focused programmes organised by the department.  




In attendance at the workshop were representatives of  the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), the Department of Social Welfare, Department of Community Development, Department of Women, AGREDS, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), National Population Council, Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVSU) of the Ghana Police Service, World of Hope International, and Curious Minds.













November 7, 2008 - Posted by | News

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