Forty two children under 17 years have been rescued from slavery on the Volta Lake over the weekend.
The rescued children comprised of four girls and 38 boys between the ages of 5 and 16.
These rescued children were reportedly sold from communities in the Central and Greater Accra regions, to the lake for the purposes of labor exploitation.
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The rescue operation was carried out by Challenging Heights and its international partners, Abolish Slavery Now, in collaboration with the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Navy and the Department of Social Welfare.
It took the rescue team nearly two months of investigations and searching, to achieve this success.
President of Challenging Heights, James Kofi, urged government to invest at least GHȼ 15million annually, to resource the Human Trafficking Secretariat, and the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Ghana Police Service.
This, he said, would help the institutions have the capacity to do their work, as well as enforce the Human Trafficking Law 2005.
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He added that certain actions of some Members of Parliament (MPs) and other politicians, seemed to be in support of the fishermen to launch attacks on their leadership, staff and rescue facilities.
He therefore called on the police administration to extend maximum security protection to the staff and facilities of Challenging Heights against traffickers, and their sympathisers who were presently ruffled by the rescues that have taken place.
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