Fishmonger arrested in Accra for selling boy for 100 cedis

Fishmonger arrested in Accra for selling boy for 100 cedis

- The police have arrested a woman for selling a 14-year-old boy

- The woman was caught at Adabraka in Accra after the boy was refusing to be taken away

- Child trafficking remains one the troubling developments in Ghana with high statistics recorded every year

An Accra circuit court has sentenced to jail a fishmonger who sold a 14-year-old boy for a fee of GH¢100.00 in a human trafficking ring.

The woman, called Afua, was sentenced to five years imprisonment by a judge, Abena Oppong Adjin Doku, after she meddled in the illegal act with her accomplices, Ama Adomah, a 30-year-old, nursing mother, and Kweku Acquah.

Narrating the situation which led to the arrest, the judge revealed that Afua and Acquah approached Adomah to give them the victim to assist them to go fishing at Yeji. To this end, Adomah agreed to offer her son to the two for a fee of GH¢100.00.

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Both planned to travel to Accra with the victim and later to Yeji. Three days later at the Adabraka Market, Adomah handed the victim to Afua and Acquah.

The young boy started weeping as he resisted being taken to Yeji. The opposition by this young boy attracted the attention of a concerned citizen who later reported the matter to the Adabraka Police who subsequently arrested Afua together with the victim.

Ghana is one of the fastest developing countries in West Africa today. Not only does the country boast of a vast wealth of resources in terms of natural resources but also good infrastructure both physical and technology wise.

Despite these developments, Ghana still lags behind when it comes to human trafficking. Currently, the menace is more predominant than it was in the past with the biggest victims being young children.

According to statistics on child trafficking in Ghana, out of 187 countries, Ghana was ranked at tier 2 in to watch list countries.

A 2017 report named; "Enhancing Criminal Accountability and Addressing Challenges in Prosecution Efforts,” is a report that sought to come up with solutions that will be effective in ending human slavery in the world.

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These child trafficking in Ghana statistics in Ghana is not something new. In June of 2009, the USA department of trafficking in Persons Report released a full report documenting at least 30,000 children working as porters, fishermen and others primarily being used for sexual tourism.

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