The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has called on government to respond to CNN’s report on child slavery in Ghana.
A CNN documentary titled Troubled Waters, claims that Ghana’s Volta Lake has become a site where children are sold into slavery for $250.
The report suggests more than 20,000 children have been sold into slavery and are currently working for slave masters on the lake.
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The documentary showed boys aged under 15 years being sold to their masters to work as fishermen.
But in a Facebook post, Mr. Ablakwah said he is alarmed that government is yet to officially respond to the damning revelations in the CNN report.
He urged the government to turn its attention to the slavery reports, insisting it is not good for Ghana’s international image.
“The CNN special report on “child slavery” in Ghana continues to air without any official response from Government. Not even a request for the “raw unedited footage”,” the MP wrote.
"It’s obvious Government’s entire focus this week has been on its grand diversionary strategy with that alleged leaked tape following Anas’ latest revelations; however, Government should now turn attention to this. It would be a fatal mistake not to closely assess the claims by CNN.”
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Mr. Ablakwah was, however, quick to add that he has doubts about the number of enslaved children on the Volta Lake, which has so far been quoted as 20,000.
This, he said, is the more reason why the government cannot afford to be silent on such a serious matter.
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