US Ambassador says the Volta Region is the hub of all child trafficking in Ghana
- Says many children are forced to work on the lake to make ends meet
United States Ambassador Ghana, Mr. Robert P. Jackson, has stated that the Volta Region is the hub of all child trafficking activity.
According to the head of the US diplomatic mission in Ghana, the Volta Region is the hub of child trafficking because of how many children are sent to work on the lake everyday.
During a three day trip to the Volta Region, Ambassador Jackson said he got to meet and listen to trafficked victims' stories,.
He said, "so many children are trafficked to the lake. We met with some of the children and parents and relatives and people working to combat trafficking during our visit there and their stories are powerful and heart-wrenching”.
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Thirty victims of human trafficking forced to work on the Volta Lake were rescued by police in April, 2017. The victims, who ranged from 6 to 17 years of age, were transferred to the Social Welfare Department to be taken care of.
Addressing a group of magistrates at the West Africa Regional Training Center in Accra on Wednesday, Ambassador Jackson said these rescued children bore the signs of physical abuse. Some of them, he said, had signs of broken bones.
Ambassador Jackson went on to say that if Ghana failed to do something about the problem, it may result in the loss of $500 million's worth of funds from the Millennium Challenge Compact (MCC).
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