- The police gave the advice as a result of the tendency of the youth to be deceived by the promise of greener pastures
- The regional head said that statistics show that most youth who follow such promises end up as slaves
- Some girls have been reportedly rescued form forced marriages
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The Ghana Police Service has cautioned Ghanaian youth from falling victims to promises of greener pastures in the Gulf Arab countries.
The head of the Ashanti regional branch of the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) of the service, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Regina Eleanor Minta, Ashanti Regional Head of the Unit, warned that they could end up as slaves.
She admonished them to be wary of adverts and posters that promise good livelihood in these places.
She gave these comments in a speech read on her behalf at a forum held at the Sokoban Wood Village in Kumasi. The main aim was to alert the wood workers on the harmful effects of child labour.
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The event was organized by the Defence for Children International (DCI), an NGO, in partnership with the Department of Children and Gender, the Labour Department and AHTU.
ASP Minta mentioned a that was conducted by the Unit, which showed that larger percentage of young people, who embarked on trips to the Gulf region, aided by agents, ended up being sold into slavery.
It added that they were engaged in forced labour under hard and immoral conditions.
She informed the woodworkers that it was a crime to engage minors to work for them and said that such offenders would be prosecuted.
Child labour, she said, was unfavorable to their physical growth and development.
The Executive-Secretary of the DCI, Dr. George Oppong said the NGO managed to rescue seven teenage girls from being forced into early marriage.
Raphael Samaglo, Coordinator of the Sokoban Wood Village Workers Association, added that through the shared effort of stakeholders, there were no minors now working in the enclave.
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