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Crime & Punishment of Monday, 25 January 2016

Source: GNA

Father detained for trafficking son

The Ada Police has arrested Samuel Hago, a father of a 12-year-old boy, who was allegedly being trafficked to a fishing community at Ada in the Greater Accra Region.

Mr Exorgbe Divine, an official of the Department of Social Welfare and Community Planning- Ada West District confirmed the story to the Ghana News Agency.

Speaking to the victim, he said he lives with the father and the step-mother at Ashaiman and two years ago, the father offered him to some people at Ada to engage in fishing.

He said during the course of his work he was rescued by a police officer who brought him back to his family and the matter was reported to the Ada West Social Welfare Department.

The victim said since then the parents had been threatening to send him back again to the fishing community, but due to his persistent resistance, the parents accused him of being possessed by an evil spirit.

He claimed the parents sent him to a prayer camp at Anyaman in Ada where he was chained days but managed to escape.

The victim said on his way from the prayer camp, an assemblyman met him at Sege who brought him to the Social Welfare Department in the company of a police officer.

Subsequently, the Department reported the matter to the Police and Hago was arrested.

Hago is currently on bail whilst investigation is ongoing.