Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Ghana: Child Prostitution

ACCRA, GHANA - The acting Commissioner for the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Ms. Anna Bossman has bemoaned the rate at which Ghanaian children are being exploited for commercial sex in the country which she says poses a great threat to the nation.

In a press release, she described prostitution as an illegal and undignified activity even when it is practised among adults.

"And it is even more horrendous and extremely injurious when it involves children", she said.

Ms. Anna Bossman said it is particularly difficult to assess the extent of child prostitution because this type of exploitation and abuse is usually hidden, taking place behind closed doors and most children feel much guilt, shame and fear to seek help.

Ms. Bossman talked about the 140 children alleged to have escaped from the Social Welfare Department after being rescued from prostitution by the police.

This incident, she said, presents a critical setback because it creates more opportunities for the children to be continually abused...


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