Police rescue 20 more trafficked children in northern Ghana

16:53, July 28, 2010      

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The police have rescued over 20 more children believed to have been trafficked and to be transport to other areas of country in Bolgatanga, capital of Ghana's Upper East Regional.

The children, rescued on Tuesday, were in the custody of the regional police command in Bolgatanga, police sources said here.

The rescue operation by the anti-human trafficking unit of the police has brought the total number of trafficked children from northern Ghana to over 50 just in two days since Monday, when the police intercepted a bus with 30 children on board from the same area.

Two men were arrested for allegedly attempting to illegally transport the children to the south to work under harsh condition.

With full-scale investigation under way, the police said parents of the trafficked children would be made to face the law should it establish that they connived with the traffickers to transport their children out of the region for meager amounts of money.

As schools prepare to break for the long vacation in August, several cases of child trafficking have been reported across the west African country especially in the northern where parents and guardians arranged with traffickers to sell their children for as low as 10 and 60 cedis (7 to 42 US dollars).

Stringent security measures had been put in place with the number of security operatives at various bus terminals in the area in an attempt to stop the trafficking of children to the south.

Source: Xinhua


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