Man trafficking 19 girls arrested

POLICE in Atebubu in Bono East Region have arrested a 29-year-old man, Jonah Jato who was allegedly trafficking 19 girls between the ages of nine and 16 to an unknown destination.

The Atebubu Municipal Police Command acting upon a tip-off rescued the girls at the bank of the Volta River on 17th June, 2019 at about 4pm after they received information that some girls were being trafficked by a man who claimed he was sending them to Kumasi to work in a factory.

Jato was arrested and detained and the girls were provided with food and accommodation till the next day.

The girls told police that they were brought from Bimbila in the Northern Region and were told they were going to work at Amantin Agro processing Factory in the Bono East Region.

According to Atebubu Municipal Police Commander, DSP Thomas Owoahene when Jato was interrogated, he could not provide tangible reasons for being with the girls.

After grilling him, Jato was said to have been granted police enquiry bail pending further action.

Meanwhile, the girls were later escorted by the police to Bimbila to be handed over to their counterparts there to help look for their parents.

Regional Police spokesman, Chief Inspector Augustine Kingsley Oppong said Jato would be processed for court after investigations.

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