Police rescue 16-year-old from human traffickers

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The Eastern Regional Police Command says it has rescued a 16-year-old boy from human traffickers at Oda in the Birim Central Municipality.

The victim was rescued by the police on a tip-off from one Mr Kofi Appiah, the Unit Committee Chairman of Akyem Etwereso Electoral Area, who pretended to be the buyer.

According to information from the police, the victim, who lived in Ashaiman, Accra, with his uncle Kwaku Asare aged 24, was lured by his uncle and his uncle’s friend Kwame Asante, aged 28, to Oda on the pretext of getting the victim a good job.

The Eastern Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), DSP Ebenezer Tetteh, told the Ghana News Agency that the suspects intended to trade the victim for an amount of Gh¢800,000.00.

He said the suspects, Asare and Asante, confessed to the charges of conspiracy and attempted human trafficking during police interrogation.

Many boys and girls are subjected to the harsh conditions of forced labour in the country in farming, fishing, domestic servitude, street hawking, begging and pottering.

Ghana is yet to fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking due to a lack of adequate resources for anti-trafficking law enforcement agencies including social welfare.

Despite this, the government has made significant inroads in identifying potential human traffickers and has also provided shelter for adult female trafficking victims.

DSP Tetteh said the suspects were currently in police custody, assisting in further investigation.

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