137 child slavery victims rescued in Côte d’Ivoire in first major operation in years(Reuters, Jan 16,2020)

The government of Côte d’Ivoire vowed to strengthen its efforts against child labor after a police operation last week rescued 137 victims, Thomson Reuters Foundation reported on Monday.The raid centered on the southeastern town of Aboisso, which the government considers a child labor hotspot. Police combed vehicles, cocoa plantations, and nearby villages for two full days in search of trafficked children in the country’s first major rescue operation since 2017.According to officials, the rescued children were trafficked from nearby countries including Nigeria, Benin, Ghana, and Togo and ranged in age from six to 17. At least six of those rescued were trafficked for prostitution. The operation also led to the arrest of twelve traffickers.