Refugee says child traffickers wanted to buy his daughter for Ghc156k

Refugee says child traffickers wanted to buy his daughter for Ghc156k

- Yaya Sangare and his daughter Deborah are refugees in Italy

- They lost their family who drowned in the Mediterranean sea

- He says child traffickers offered him €30,000 for his daughter

An Ivorian refugee in Italy has revealed that child traffickers offered him €30,000 (Ghc156k) for his daughter.

Yaya Sangare, who shared his heartbreaking story with the BBC, said he lost his family who drowned in the Mediterranean sea while crossing to Europe.

His daughter Debora was born in Algeria before they were packed into an unsafe boat together with 150 other people.

Refugee says child traffickers wanted to buy his daughter for Ghc156k

Yaya and his daughter Deborah. Photo: BBC

Their boat was among 19 that ferried migrants, most of them African, who were desperate to reach Europe.

Three of those boats capsized. Out of the 150 in his boat, only 17 survived. He and Deborah were among the survivors.

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Although he is still mourning his family, he has not given up his quest to reach the US. However, his biggest concern is that his daughter is at constant risk of exploitation.

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Yaya's main wish is therefore to leave the refugee camp and reach America to ensure his daughter's safety.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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