Bright Agyepong, a 46-year-old man has been arrested by a team of police men with the aid of Challenging Heights Ghana, an NGO for allegedly selling his four biological children into slavery on the Volta Lake for GH¢ 500.
Agyepong currently in the grips of the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Ghana police service is a bookman at a bus station in Kasoa, in the Central Region.
All the four children, who are males, have been rescued, along with another nine -year- old boy who was said to have been sold into slavery by his relation when he was three years old.
The team rescued the children from Fantekope-Biobio, near Kpando Torkor, in the Volta Region.
Pomaa Arthur, communications manager of Challenging Heights told newsmen that Agyepong was arrested following complaints to the Kasoa Police from some neighbours and the mother of the children.
They claimed in the report that the children, aged between 13 and 19 years old, had been missing from their home where they lived with their father for about two to five years now and were suspicious of the father who rumour had it that he had sold the children.
Agyepong on his arrest failed to tell the police the whereabouts of the children upon interrogation and only claimed he took them to his brother who he named as Kweku Adu, a resident of Kpando Torkor because he could no longer take care of them as a single parent.
Challenging Heights gathered intelligence that the children had been sold and in collaboration with the Anti -Human Trafficking Unit, their rescue team led them to Fantekope-Biobio, an island community in the Afram Plains, where the children were found working as slaves for some fishermen.
One of the masters was said to be a pastor of the Resurrection Church of Christ and the other a chief of the community.
The rescue team, she said, was however, unable to arrest the said masters whose identities had been withheld since they had fled the community upon a tip-off.
All the four victims were identified by their mother whose name has also been withheld.
The fifth victim who was also rescued was later identified as working for the pastor.
Meanwhile, the police continue investigation with the said slave masters and had sent the children to a private shelter.