10 January 2013

Gambia: 79 Youths Apprehended for Alleged Child Trafficking in Banjul

79 persons were apprehended for child trafficking and child exploitation in Banjul on Tuesday 8 January 2013 by the Gambia Immigration Department personnel.

The spokesperson of the Gambia Immigration Department, Superintendent Ensa Jawara alleged that the groups were engaged in child trafficking in the city of Banjul but during the normal working exercise of the Gambia Immigration they are able to unveil this unlawful act.

He revealed that among the 79 people apprehended, 77 are all Senegalese nationals 63 of whom are 11 to 17 years and 14 are at the age of 18 and above.

Superintendent Jawara also stated that among the 79 people arrested, 2 are Gambians with the age of 20 and 22 respectively.

Superintendent Jawara further stated that during their investigation they also unveiled pimps responsible for this act and were able to arrest 18 employers, 15 of whom are female while 3 are male. He further indicated that their investigation also reveals that these people were involved in petty trading and child exploitation which he said is prohibited. The pimps he said were also arrested and granted bail while the children are all taken to social welfare center in Bakoteh.

PRO Superintendent Jawara stressed that child trafficking and exploitation are prohibited and the Gambia he said has ratified the United Nations convention on the Right of the child, the children's Act 2005. He condemned this type of acts against the children.

He said that the Immigration Department has a child welfare unit and are working tirelessly with child welfare department to ensure that children are protected to the maximum.

He also cautioned all to be vigilant and be conscious of the fact that children are the future leaders so their protection should be an ultimate priority for all. He finally called on all to join the immigration and report any matter of such to the authority as nation building is a concern to the entire citizenry.

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