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General News of Monday, 4 March 2019

Source: 3news.com

NUGS calls for arrest of all persons behind child slavery on Volta Lake

The National Union of Ghana Student (NUGS) is calling on government to intervene in the case of child slavery on the Volta Lake.

The attention of the students’ mother union was brought to a documentary that was telecast on CNN with the heading Troubled Waters.

The documentary exposed the plight of children of school-going age being exploited in a manner akin to slaves in their own motherland.

Already, government has protested the content of the documentary and says it will produce its sequel to it.

According to the documentary, 20,000 children work as slaves in the fishing industry.

“This fact is degrading and does not fit the current state of education in the country,” NUGS said in a statement on Monday.

“We call on the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection to investigate the situation generally and the numbers coming up.”

NUGS says it will commit itself in helping with the investigations.

It did not stop short of asking government “and all other stakeholders to intervene in the situation on the Volta Lake and call for the arrest, prosecution and conviction of perpetrators of child trafficking into forced or voluntary labour”.