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08.03.2005 General News

Seven trafficked children saved by Wa police

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Wa, March 08, GNA - The Wa police have intercepted and handed over five girls and two boys from Loggu-Sago, a village near Wa, who were suspected of being trafficked, to their parents through the Department of Social Welfare at Wa.

A statement issued by the police at Wa said the seven children were intercepted at the Wa-Kumasi lorry station February 22. The statement gave the names of the suspected child traffickers as Vida Gyam, 35, the principal suspect and Akua Gyam, 70, of Dadieso-Enchi.

They both denied attempting to traffic the children saying that the children were given to them by their parents to take care of them. In their statement to the Women and Juveniles Unit of the Wa Police, the two suspects said they got to know the village through one Kwadjo Dagarti, who introduced them to an herbalist who had treated their sick brother sometime ago.

As a result of their acquaintance with the village, they took home a girl from the village and they later sent her back to her parents. The two suspects claimed that because they good care of the earlier girl, many parents decided to give their children to them.

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