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Protecting Women and Children In Columbia

In Columbia women live in fear of being trafficked into sex dens. Despite this fear, more and more women find themselves in the same situation despite the threat. They are hijacked on their way in search for better job opportunities. A combination of poor education and poverty exposes Columbian women to harm. In a poor country where there are no opportunities, poverty forces the marginalised minority (women and children) to work under poor condition which then exposes them to more problems.

In Ghana, the story replicates but this time it is children who are in trouble. Children work in cocoa fields and fishing industry with minimum pay and poor working conditions. Ghana knows that its children are being forced into labour and yet nothing is done to protect these children. The children are forced into labour because of high poverty levels and are thus forced to fend for themselves. These same children are in the danger of being trafficked.

The situation in Columbia and Ghana is not unique. In both cases, it is poverty that results in the trafficking of women and children and forces children to forced labour. The two countries need to find a way to address poverty by providing better salaries and better opportunities for adults. Ghana needs policies that protect children from exploitation and needs to make school free and mandatory so that students are not lured into labour. Improving the education standards of women will help them qualify for jobs at home and not fall prey in the routes they take to other countries. Educating children in Ghana will be a more sure way to deal with poverty than employing them.  If policies surrounding education and employment are made better then these problems will disappear as well. Protecting Women and Children In Columbia