Member of Parliament for North Dayi and Anti-Human Trafficking Ambassador, Joycelyn Tetteh, has taken child trafficking education to Wusuta in the North Dayi constituency, a community a long the Volta Lake.
Speaking to some selected media professionals after her campaign train hit the Wusuta community, disclosed that her passion has been to see kids grow up, not just to be like her but better.
She disclosed that one of her drives as a legislator is to see women do better in order to help in the development of the country.
“There are a lot of social vices going on in the country and one of them, which is very prevalent, is human trafficking,” she intimated.
According to the North Dayi lawmaker, throwing light on the menace would go a long way to reduce the incidence and parents who give out their children to work on the lakes would stop.
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 paltry sums from boat operators to give out their wards to work on the lakes,” she 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 Islands; to help drum home the message to ensure everybody is aware that law enforcers would deal with any parent who gives out his or her ward for activities that the country’s laws frown 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 parents the necessary sensitization to re-orient them to know that the children are their responsibilities.
She noted that lack of basic social amenities such as schools and electricity push some parents to assume that the only way to groom a child is take him to the lake.
She added that the campaign is to also draw 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 wards in school.
Hon Betty Mensah said after the launch of the “World Blue Day” last year, there was reduction in the activities of child labor and child trafficking in her constituency and in the Volta lake communities.
She commended her colleague, the ambassador of Anti-Human Trafficking, Hon Joycelyn Tetteh for her passion and zeal to see the end to child trafficking and was happy to partner her augment government’s effort to ensure Ghana becomes a child labor or child trafficking free country.