Intensify Checks At Barriers

Rachel Opoku-Appoh speaking with a child at head porters’ camp

Rachel Opoku-Appoh, Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection in-charge of Social Welfare, has hinted that the Ministry of Interior must intensify security checks at road barriers.

This, she noted, would further track down perpetuators involved in human trafficking.

Stressing that the phenomena was contrary to the provision of the Children’s Act, she said it was about time the country put adequate security controls in place.

‘In this case of child trafficking, we have to track them; we have to track those people behind this act especially when the Children’s Act is against it.’

Mrs Opoku-Appoh who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Gomoa Central in the Central Region told DAILY GUIDE in an interview after a tour of head porters settlement in Dagomba Line, a suburb of Oforikrom in the Ashanti Region that the Ministry of Interior and its allied agencies must work together to bring the situation under control.

‘Between 40 to70 head porters and other young girls here are engaged in prostitution and occupy small structures which are poorly ventilated and badly roofed, and are also situated in insanitary conditions,’ she said.

According to her, each occupant pays GH¢2 as rent per week to their landlords or risk sleeping outside adding that ‘these same rooms serve as places for washing, packaging of groundnut and powdered pepper for sale.’

The Gomoa Central MP disclosed that at Dagomba Line, children as young as four years engaged in the sale of ‘pure water’ while proceeds from the trade were given to persons they claimed were their masters.

For this reason she said, ‘We have to involve the security agencies-National Security, BNI, the police and the others must be involved while we tighten the security checks between the northern and the southern borderlines.’

Mrs Opoku-Appoh suggested a thorough inspection of vehicles, questioning and rescuing of possible victims en route to the south for greener pastures.

The Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection in charge of Social Welfare urged parents to view children as gifts from God and that problems within families should be settled amicably in order not to put their lives at risk.

  By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson

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