CAPE COAST, GHANA– More than 49,000 of the estimated 100,000 children entrapped in the modern slavery of child labour in Ghana are working on Volta Lake, which covers an area of some 8,500 square kilometres, says David Kofi Ewusi, the country director in Ghana of Engage Now Africa, a child protection and welfare non-governmental organization (NGO).
Of the figure, 21,000 children are engaged in hazardous labour which is dangerous to their health and threatens their lives, Ewusi added at a public forum for school children in the Cape Coast metropolis, abpu 150 kilometres west of Accra, over the weekend.
He said the menace of child trafficking and modern slavery was occurring everyday and everywhere, involving about 1.8 million children.
The forum was organized by the Police Command for Central Region (Province) under the theme, “Am aware, you can’t traffic me” and formed part of their collaborative mission to engage and strengthen individuals, families and communities to end poverty by instilling hope through education, self-support assistance, and eradication of all modern forms of slavery.
Ewusi said the psychological effects of child labour on victims are enormous and that sometimes it is extremely painful to look at scars at the back, thigh, forehead and stomach of some of the victims of exploitation.
The practice, he said, remains a silent nightmare among victims as innocent children go through the worst forms of torture, molestations and denial of education, food and shelter. The practice of engaging children for hazardous activities was a violation of their rights and illegal according to the Human Trafficking Act, 2005.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK