- The First Lady is calling for urgent action against child traffickers in Africa
- She says all African countries must fight to eradicate child trafficking across the region
The First lady of Ghana, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo is advocating for Child Protection Right against trafficking and hard labour across the African continent.
Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo who joined Conference of First Ladies of West Africa and the Sahel on Child Protection in Cote D’Ivoire, called for urgent action to stop evil practices against children.
The First Lady speaking in Abidjan on Wednesday insisted that all stakeholders across the sub-region must identify and discuss child protection issues to help protect children through various interventions.
She indicated that all African countries must do their best to fight child trafficking and hard labour from all fronts to protect victims and also see to the full prosecution of perpetrators.
“We need to protect our children from being trafficked for exploitation and to assist those who have been rescued from trafficking and child labour to receive the best of rehabilitation and reintegration back into society,” Rebecca Akufo-Addo said.
The First Lady in her submission disclosed that as part of her direct intervention, she recently rescued two young Nigerian girls who had been trafficked across borders to Ghana into prostitution.
She added that through her effort, the victims are doing well and her office is working with the Nigerian High Commission to return them to their families.
Mrs. Akufo-Addo revealed that her office is also working hard to make sure the criminals involved in the case are prosecuted.
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