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The United States government says Ghanaian women are being forced into prostitution and forced labour in foreign countries, particularly in the Middle East.

According to the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report 2013, Ghanaian women migrating to the Middle East to work are forced into prostitution upon their arrival.

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Two years ago, the documentary Chocolate's Child Slaves exposed the plight of youngsters forced to harvest the beans that make the chocolate we eat around the world. Many of the children made to work in the cocoa plantations in countries like Ivory Coast have never even tasted chocolate.

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Four child's rights organizations in the Mano River Union (MRU) basin, including the Defense for Children International Liberia (DCI-Liberia) have urged governments of member states to tackle cross-border child trafficking.

In a chat with this paper upon return to the country from Freetown, Sierra Leone, the Executive Director of DCI-Liberia, Foday Kawah, said cross-border child trafficking remains a post-conflict creeping menace that must be tackled quickly in the Mano River region.

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The National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) has rescued 50 trafficked Nigerian girls from Ghana and Cote d' Ivoire.

Executive Secretary of the agency, Beatrice Jeddy-Agba, disclosed this yesterday while briefing newsmen on the operation in Abuja.

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Militias loyal to the former president of the Ivory Coast Laurent Gbagbo are recruiting child soldiers in Liberia to launch cross-border raids on the Ivory Coast.
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Nestlé advances child labor battle plan

Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:50

An independent investigation into Nestlé's cocoa supply chain has found numerous child labor violations and kickstarted an ambitious plan to eventually eradicate forced labor and child labor in its production cycle.

The study was carried out by the Fair Labor Association with Nestlé's support.

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Fighters still loyal to former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo are said to have enlisted dozens of Liberian children within their ranks as they carried out series of cross border raids on villages in Ivory Coast.
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