- Anas Aremeyaw Anas has released a video about child beggars in Ghana
- According to the video, these child beggars are trafficked from Niger
- It also revealed that monies given to the child beggars are eventually given to the masters who are in Niger
Ghanaian investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, together with his Tiger Eye PI team, have released a new video.
The project, which was in partnership with OAfrica, reveals the hidden secrets behind children who beg on the streets in Ghana.
The video, titled, Chained by Begging discloses the strategy used by Africans from Niger who transport children to Ghana to beg.
In “Chained by Begging”, Anas Aremeyaw Anas demonstrates that the recent increase in child beggars can, in some cases, be linked to cross-border child trafficking.
According to the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child and section 87 (1-2) of the Children’s Act, 1998 (Act 560), child begging is child abuse and also prohibited by law. It is considered as separation from family and exploitative child labour.
The children are reportedly maltreated and living under inhumane conditions, and the monies they make from begging are given to their masters.
A statement released by OAfrica on the documentary said child begging is one of the worst forms of child labour which keeps children out of school.
It also separates children from their families while exposing them to hazardous living conditions and dangers such as rape, ill health and motor accidents, it added.
The statement further urged the public to refrain from giving monies to the children, as money fuels the child-trafficking business.
It also advised the public to record and report incidents of begging to the police, DOVVSU or the Accra Metropolitan Assembly.
With funding support from the European Union, OAfrica in collaboration with Tiger Eye PI and The Livingstone Foundation called on all Ghanaians to help stop child begging.
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