Arrest parents who leave children on the street – Lawyer Sosu urges Gov’t

Human Rights Lawyer and Activist Francis-Xavier Sosu has called on the gender ministry to fine parents who refuse to offer their responsibilities for children’s needs.

“We have great laws for children protection in Ghana but we do not enforce them.”

“Children who are seen loitering about unaccompanied must be arrested and detained through Social Welfare facilities until their parents are either formally charged or at least fined for the neglect of their children under the Domestic Violence Act”.

According to him, the Department of Social welfare must enforce child protection regulations to prevent irresponsible parenting.

“Some Ghanaian parents are becoming very irresponsible because no one questions them when their children are seen slaving on the streets.”

Giving the recent incidents of sexual abuses of children and women, he said, “it is important to increase social support for the abused victims.”

Lawyer Sosu made this call during this year’s ‘Feed the Hungry Outreach’ organized by the Treasure of Life Foundation at Pantang on Saturday, 23rd December, 2017.

The event was supported by Chez Afrique, Decent, Mama Lit, Voltic Ghana Limited, Las Palmas and Ashanti Home Touch. Over 500 vulnerable children were fed, provided drinks, mentored, played games and were also treated to good music.

The Treasure of Life Foundation is a global outreach to Children in Slavery in Ghana and Africa founded by Lawyer Francis-Xavier Sosu. It is registered as a non-profit, non-governmental organization in Ghana, Kenya and USA.