Friday August 6, 2010 10:01 AM
284 children suspected to be victims of human trafficking have been transferred to the police headquarters in Accra from Tema.
The anti-human trafficking unit of the Criminal Investigations Department together with the Tema Regional Police intercepted them onboard three buses at Prampram.
According to the police, the victims who are aged between five and fifteen were being transported to Yeji to engage in menial jobs.
“The anti-human trafficking unit has established that there is the likelihood that most of the children were going to be used for menial jobs and other fishing activities in and around Yeji, DSP Kwesi Ofori, Director of Police Public Relations told News men.
Some of the children who spoke to news men said they were on vacation and were traveling to Yeji to visit their parents.
They claim to be hungry after being starved since morning.
He said the children will be taken to the Police training school to make use of hostel facilities after which a decision will be taken.
Meanwhile, thirteen men accused of allegedly trafficking children were Tuesday arraigned before the Accra Circuit Court 5 presided over by Judge Georgina Mensah–Datsa.
They have been charged with conspiracy to commit crime and human trafficking.
The accused are Samuel Yenyan Korye, Eric Siaw, Super Dzisenu, Ku George Moses, Felix Nartey, Robert Nartey, John Nartey, Akakpo Dameh, Emmanuel Nartey, George Ayiku Nartey, Alex Koffie, Tei Dawa and Enock Tetteh Bordozor.
The first, second and fifth accused persons who are drivers have also been charged additionally with carrying persons in a vehicle in excess of the prescribed number.
Their pleas were not taken but were ordered to be kept in police custody until August 10, 2010.
Presenting the facts to the court, ASP Annor said on August 1, 2010, three commercial buses with registration numbers GT 6121-10, GR 3096 C and WR 2175 C en-route to Yeji in the Brong Ahafo Region were intercepted by the police at the outskirts of Prampram.
He said on the spot investigation revealed that, 338 children between the ages of 4 and19 years recruited from Ada, Ningo, Sege, Kpongnuour and its surrounding villages were being transported by the accused persons to Yeji to work.
The prosecutor also informed the court that investigations were continuing as a team of investigators and personnel from the Anti-Human Trafficking unit of the police have left for Yeji to ascertain if the parents of the victims are based there.
That, he said, was when the police were told when the children were intercepted.
He said the children are being housed at the Tesano Police Station and have since been fed and catered for by an NGO.