23 July 2016

Mother of 4 rescued ‘slave’ children cries for support

Rescued children mother pleads for helpA man has been arrested by the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Ghana Police Service for allegedly selling his four biological children into slavery on the Volta Lake.

Bright Agyepong, 46, sold his four children of different ages for GHC500 were identified by their mother (name withheld).

The four children, all male, were rescued along with a nine-year- old boy, who was said to have been sold into slavery by a relative when he was three years old.

In an interview with Joy News, mother of the four although excited to see her children again complained about her inability to take care of them alone.

She said she uses all her hard earned savings taking care of the children leaving them with nothing when rent has to be paid.

Last week, a joint team from Challenging Height, an NGO and the Anti-Human trafficking Unit of the Ghana Police Service rescued five children at Fantekope-Biobio, near Kpando Torkor, in the Volta Region.

An intelligence received by the NGO last week led the team to Fantekope-Biobio, an island community in the Afram Plains, where the children were found working as slaves for some fishermen.

Three of the victims had been working in hazardous circumstances for five years whereas the other two had spent three years working in adverse conditions for two men described as slave masters who were not their relatives.

One of the masters was said to be a pastor of the Resurrection Church of Christ and the other a chief of the community.

The rescue team, however, was unable to arrest the said masters whose identities had been withheld since they fled the community upon a tip-off.

The fifth rescued victim is assisting the Kpando police in investigations.

The mother of the four children is pleading on the benevolence of the general public, NGOs and the government to assist her in reviving her business to enable her to take care of the children.

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