According to the Ivorian police 22 persons were jailed for trafficking children to work on cocoa farms.
When the arrest was made, about 70 children were successfully rescued. Five out of the 22 criminals were sentenced to 20 years in prison, while others went in for 5.
Two years ago, the Ivorian police rescued 2000 children from cocoa plantations.
The industry expanded to fetching workers internationally from neighboring countries like Mali, Burkina Faso and others. A recent study shows that about 800,000 of the workers in the industry are children.
Ivorian police fear as the number of child trafficking cases continue to increase in this time of Covid-19 crisis. With schools closed, more children are left vulnerable.
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.