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The Member of Parliament for the Dome Kwabenya constituency in the Greater Accra Region, Sarah Adwoa Safo has decried the increasing menace of child prostitution in her constituency. She wants parents of children who are in prostitution to be held responsible for failing to protect their children from hazardous work and child labour.
“Child prostitution has become so rampant in my constituency. I sometimes wonder where the parents of these children are and what they have been doing. Mr. Speaker, I think parents should be held responsible for failing to protect their children,” she told parliament.
According to the law maker who doubles as the Deputy Majority Leader and the Minister of State in Charge of Procurement, these underage children have resigned themselves to fate and indulge themselves in the sex trade because they have to fend for themselves since their parents and guardians have failed to live up to their responsibilities.
Sarah Adwoa Safo made this known on the Floor of Parliament in her contribution to a statement made by the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisah Dzaba, to commemorate the 2018 Day of the African Child which is marked every 16th June in honor of the memory of some gallant children killed on the streets of Soweto while protesting against inferior education and apartheid in 1976.
The Day of the African Child therefore became a Regional event instituted by the African Union, which has been celebrated every year since 1991 and the theme for this year’s celebration is “Leave no child behind for Africa’s Development.”
Also contributing to the statement on the Floor, the Minority Chief Whip and Member of Parliament for the Asawase constituency, Alhaji Mohamed Muntaka Mubarak, urged that every effort be made to reduce poverty on the African continent in order to reduce the burden on children.
He called for special attention to be given to the health needs of the African Child, since according to him 1 out of every 6 children in Africa do not live beyond the age of 5 due to poor health.
On her part, the MP for Hohoe, Dr. Bernice Adiku Heloo, urged that government policies be deliberately targeted towards the welfare of children in the society while she questioned what the nation was doing to reduce the inequality among marginalized children; children living with albinism; autism and HIV/AIDS among others.
The MP for Asante Akim Central, Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi, recommended for all-inclusiveness in the efforts to solve the challenges of the African Child. He mentioned that child labour, child marriage, sexual harassment and defilement among others would require that all stakeholders put their hands on deck to help protect African children.
The MP further urged that parents and guardians be discouraged from settling cases of abuse involving children out of the court system since such acts could only breed impunity among perpetrators of these acts against children and injure the confidence, dignity and the self-esteem of the victims.
Source: Clement Akoloh || afriwakeradio