The Minister of Gender Children and Social Protection Otiko Afisa Djaba has disclosed that some parents in the Senya Breku District sell the children for as low as GHC20 into child labour.
The Minister was speaking at the launch of the Child Protection Social Drive which was held in Accra.
Otiko condemned the act and said this is depriving children especially girls in the area of their rights.
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“You sell a child for as low as GHC20; that the worth of a child is less than the worth of a fowl or a goat, that is not the Ghana our ancestors left for us. You cannot allow your child to go and prostitute to feed you, that is shirking your responsibility.”
“There is no pride in selling out your 12-year old into marriage, it is a dishonourable event, it is indeed haram and it must stop”.
She added that over 90 percent of children in Ghana have suffered either sexual or physical abuse.
In 2014, Child prostitution topped the list of the most common Child Sexual Tourism (CST) in the country.
Findings from the Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism, Ghana – Section 2015 revealed that 30 out of 44 respondents, approximately 68.2 percent, selected child prostitution as the common form of CST in tourist destinations.
Other manifestations of CTS selected by the respondents, which are in the minimum levels, included child pornography, 26.7 percent and child marriage, 20 percent.