13 children rescued in human trafficking bust

The Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Tema Regional Command have arrested a 33-year-old woman for human trafficking.

The suspect, Nabista Margaret, was arrested on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 3pm at her hideout in Kpone following a tip-off. She was preparing to traffic 13 young girls and three young boys aged between 15 to 20 years old, to Kuwait and Jordan under the guise of evangelism.

Nabista confessed after police found seven passports bearing the names of some of the children. She stated that she transported the victims from Dambai in the Volta region to Kpone for evangelism after she whipped up their interest in doing God’s work.

The suspect said they had been in Kpone for the past ten days and were getting ready for the next stop. A second suspect, Emmanuel Ashatey who was aiding Margaret in her dubious activities has also been arrested to assist in investigations.

The victims have been relocated to a shelter pending investigations after which suspects will be arraigned.

The Police say they are making efforts to unite the children with their families after investigations.

The Tema Regional Police Command meanwhile has warned parents to take responsibility for their wards.

Parents should desist from passing on their kids to strangers and people they perceive to be good Samaritans who promise their wards a better future.

Most of these children end up as either domestic or sex slaves in other countries, the statement read. The Police have also encouraged the general public to provide information on suspicious activities of persons.

Source: Myjoyonline

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