Child Exploitation

The issue of child exploitation is a real societal problem in the North West Region of Cameroon.

In a special Magazine this Wednesday evening on CRTV Radio, listen to the current situation in the area.

Meanwhile here is a situational report curled from a 2010 article published by Cameroon Tribune

… The Region is known as a hub for the activity which is a human right abuse.

Girls and children are being trafficked for force labour and commercial sex.

Girls primarily are exploited in domestic servitude, work as nannies or sexual tools.

Both boys and girls are exploited within and without the Region for work in shops, bars, restaurants and on plantations.

Child exploitation, which can also be defined as modern day slavery, got its roots from the days of the colonialists.

In those days, people were carried from the North West to work in plantations in the South West.

The thriving awful trade has developed and taken various forms in the North West because of endemic poverty.

There are no or very few industries. According to the Director for the Centre for Human Rights and Peace Advocacy (CHRAPA), Chongsi Joseph Ayeah, during the economic crises, the government embarked on the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) which caused many people jobless and thus unable to care for their children.

Also, he noted, the political upheavals in the early nineties with the infamous “Operation Ghost Towns” caused many people to move into the villages.

On daily basis, children as young as six are being transported from the hinterlands, (areas rated high include Mbessa in Boyo Division, Nkambe in Donga Mantung Division, Bafut in Mezam Division); to Bamenda and out of Bamenda to bigger towns like Yaounde, Douala, and other Regions like the South, West and South West.

Stories are alarming. A victim, Regina Fouboum, said she was taken from her village to stay with an aunt for two years after which she will learn a trade. It was not to be the case. She lived with her for 10 years and neither learned a trade nor went to school….

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