End Modern Slavery (EMS) of Engage Now Africa (ENA), an international non-profit organization in Partnership with Suhum District Domestic Victims and Support Unit (DOVVSU) Command of The Ghana Police Service, has rescued a 13-years-old girl (name withheld) from child labour and trafficking at Adawso Karbu in the Akuapem North Municipality of the Eastern Region.
There are reports that she was being sent to Ahenema Korkorben in the Ashanti Region.
Reports from End Modern Slavery indicated that the victim was living with the grandfather at Suhum where she was born until the mother sadly passed away.
She was then put under the care of the grandfather.
When the upkeep became unbearable for the grandfather, she reportedly left home unannounced to one of her uncle’s home in the same community.
The reports further disclosed that, after some few weeks with the uncle, according to the victim, the uncle in relieving himself from further responsibilities of her niece, trafficked the victim from Adawso to Kumasi.
Father of the victim who happens to have abandoned the daughter upon hearing the case, however, reported the case to the Suhum District Domestic Victims and Support Unit (DOVVSU) Command of the Ghana Police Service.
The District DOVVSU Command having collaborated with End Modern Slavery (EMS) of Engage Now Africa (ENA) department on similar rescue mission called the involvement of the non-profit organization for assistance.
End Modern Slavery in collaboration with the family and the police, precisely the father, called the grandfather to provide the daughter in for the next two weeks.
The grandfather of the victim joined hands with EMS team and the uncle, who called Daavi the suspected trafficker who later refused to release the young girl to the family.
Daavi as popularly known reportedly changed the communication line of the victim, to avoid direct contact with her family.
The victim allegedly took a bold decision to call the father who according to her had written his contact on a wall somewhere in the house and called him when Daavi was not around.
The victim’s father revealed to the team that his daughter was wailing and crying for the torments she was going through and pleaded for him to come to her aid.
The father and other family members with the help of End Modern Slavery (EMS) team got to Kumasi to meet with the suspected trafficker by name Daavi, but she refused to turn up. She later asked End Modern Slavery to send her money for the victim’s transport.
Daavi then unanimously sent the victim to a bus station and paid for her travel expenses from Kumasi to Koforidua.
The former Assembly member of Adawso who knew about the case quickly alerted the police of her arrival.
End Modern Slavery (EMS) rescue mission team took the victim to a clinic for medical examination which it was confirmed that indeed, she has been assaulted.
The team paid for all the medical expenses and reunified the victim with the poor widower, and the father.
The Suhum Police Divisional Command issued an arrest warrant of the uncle and the trafficker but they reportedly fled.
End Modern Slavery also provided the victim with school-going items in order for her to get back to school.
The items provided include; school bag, exercise books, notebooks, school uniform, mathematical set, and others.
The team also assisted the victim’s father financially to serve as a start-up for him and the victim. The grandfather and the Uncle of the victim have since been invited by the Police for further investigations.
Mr. Afasi Komla, Director of Operations of Engage Now Africa who led End Modern Slavery (EMS) team stated that his outfit is against all forms of modern slavery and charged the public to support them in one way or the other to help fight against Modern Slavery in the country.