23 Children Rescued By Challenging Heights On Volta Lake
Over 23 children have been rescued from 15 different villages along the Lake Volta engaged in modern-day slavery. The children, seventeen boys and six girls, are also between the estimated ages of six and sixteen. Challenging Heights, non-governmental organisation involved in the rescue operations, says child traffickers
have over the years become emboldened as a result of the lack of support from the government towards fighting this menace. According to the NGO, the boys were engaged in fishing activities on the Volta Lake, while the girls mostly engaged in domestic chores and were sometimes sexually abused. Most of the children
rescued were treated for Bilharzia, and other diseases and will be put into a rehabilitation centre for a year and subsequently handed over to their parents. Challenging Heights has just rescued 23 children from the Lake Volta, and these children are made up of 17 boys and six girls. They were also rescued in fifteen different
communities along the Volta Lake, and they are between the ages of six and sixteen. I must say they were not found in good condition as some of them were found to have bilharzia among others, President of Challenging Heights James Kofi Annan told the media. I am also worried because, over the years, traffickers are
becoming emboldened because the government has refused to be proactive in the fight against Child Trafficking. There have been several times in the past that we had to flee some communities because of the impending danger from traffickers, and this is bad. The children sometimes work fifteen hours a day, and the
girls are sometimes sexually abused as well. But we are also shocked that some Ghanaians don’t believe that children are engaged in modern-day slavery, James Kofi Annan said.