Anti- Child and Human Trafficking Non- Governmental Organisation (NGO) Challenging Heights has rescued over 15 children from slavery in the Volta region.
The rescue operation which took place over the weekend was a collaboration with the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Navy, and Department of Social Welfare when the children were being made to work on the Volta Lake by their slave masters.
The children according to the organisation were sold for GHC50-100 by their parents.
The rescued children comprised three girls and 12 boys between the ages of five and 17. All the children have been sent to the Rehabilitation Centre of Challenging Heights for the purposes of Recovery and Care.
Over the years, Challenging Heights collaborated with the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) with respect to rescues, policies and national advocacy aimed at putting an end to Child Trafficking in Ghana.
Challenging Heights works in several communities across Ghana, to rescue, rehabilitate and reintegrate children who have been affected by worst forms of child labour, including trafficking in person.
The organisation, which launched its 5-year strategic plan to end child trafficking in the fishing industry at the beginning of this year, is also involved with the provision of livelihoods training and support for hundreds of women.
The organization has so far rescued over 1,600 children from the Lake Volta since it was established 12 years ago.
The President of the Organisation, James Kofi Annan urged government to do more to help stop the menace as the lives of many children are being destroyed each day on the lakes and rivers where they work as child slaves.
By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Kwaku Baah Acheamfuor