Farmer jailed for attempting to traffic brother-in-law

A farmer, Yaw Frimpong, 32, has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by a Tarkwa circuit court for attempting to sell his brother- in- law.

Frimpong offered to sell Paa Kwasi, 13, for 100,000 Ghana cedis after bargaining with a police officer who pretended to be interested in the deal and agreed to accept 55,000 Ghana cedis.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge of human trafficking.

Prosecuting Chief Inspector Edward Paddy said on October 20, 2013, Frimpong approached Albert Adjei, a trader at Bawdie, and told him he needed money for an urgent project and wanted to offer his son for sale.

Albert recorded the conversation they had on phone and told the convict to come the next day with the assurance that he had an agent who dealt in such business.

Inspector Paddy said the complainant invited the assembly member and narrated the conversation he had with Frimpong and played back the recorded version to him.

The assembly member called a police officer at Bogoso on phone and informed him about the transaction.

He said on October 22, the convict went to the complainant and a few minutes later the police officer, who was not in uniform, appeared and Adjei introduced him as the one who bought human beings.

According to the Prosecutor, Frimpong was asked to bring the boy for the money he requested for.

Inspector Paddy said the convict left and came back with the boy whom he claimed to be his son and lived with him and his wife at Bawdie.

He was arrested and handed over to the police. GNA

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