-On Children Trafficking
The issue of human trafficking in the country has become a great worry to most Ghanaians.
In view of this, the honorable Member of Parliament (MP) for North Dayi, Hon. Joycelyn Tetteh, who was appointed as ambassador of Human Trafficking by the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Ghana Police Service, has taken child trafficking education to Wusuta in the North Dayi constituency, a community living along the Volta Lake.
Speaking to some selected media professionals after her campaign train hit the Wusuta community, disclosed that her passion has also been to see other kids grow up, not just to be like her, but better than her in the society.
Also, she said one of her drives as a legislator, is to see women do better in order to help in the forward match of the country.
“I have seen there are a lot of social vices going on in the country and one of them, which is very prevalence is human trafficking”, she intimated.
According to the North Dayi lawmaker, she believes throwing light on the menace would go a long way to reduce the incident and parents who give out their children to work on the lakes would stop the practice.
She maintained that the situation is worrying, hence her decision to partner the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Ghana Police Service to help the government’s efforts in fighting the child/human trafficking menace in the country.
“As a leader, it is important to make good impact in order to help reduce the increasing statistics by preaching the good news to parents who take a paltry sum from boat operators to give out their wards to work on the lakes”, he stated.
She noted that, part of her work is to make people living along the Volta Lake and Islands to be aware that there are laws that abhor the activities of human trafficking and child labor in the country.
Hon Joycelyn Tetteh said her human trafficking campaign which started in 2018, has yielded positive results, adding that, the activities of child trafficking in the Afram Plains North have reduced drastically as a result of the campaign.
She also disclosed that she has formed groups in communities along the Volta Lake and Island; to help drum home the message so as to ensure everybody is aware that the law enforcers would deal with any parent who gives out his or her ward for activities that the country’s laws frowns on.
Hon. Betty Nana Efua Krosbi Mensah, the Member of Parliament for Afram Plains North in the Eastern Region, who was the main speaker of the day, noted that her office and the Hon Joycelyn Tetteh see the well-being of the Children of Ghana as their passion and that informed the decision to launch the “World Blue Day” last year in collaboration with the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Protection.
Hon Betty Mensah whose constituency is bordered by Islands along the Volta Lake conceded that one of the major challenges around the Volta Lake is child trafficking and child labor.
She maintained that her effort to partner Hon Joycelyn Tetteh, Human Trafficking ambassador, because they realized that most parents are not aware of the basic rights of the child.
“We feel that it is the responsibility of opinion leaders to give parent the necessary sensitization to re-orient them to know that the children are their responsibilities.
She noted that owing to some lack of some basic social amenities such schools and electricity etc, push some parents to assume that the only way to groom a child is take him to the lake.
She added that, their campaign is to also draw the attention of these parents to the danger associated with the activities of the children on the lake and to let them appreciate the need to put their ward in schools.
Hon Betty Mensah, said after the launch of the “World Blue Day”, last year there are been reduction in the activities of child labor and child trafficking in her constituency and long the Volta lake communities.
She commended her colleague, the ambassador of Human Trafficking, Hon Joycelyn Tetteh for passion and zeal to see to the end of child trafficking and was happy to partner her, in her effort to augment to support government to ensure Ghana become child labor or child trafficking free country.