The incidence of streetism is on the rise in Ho, the Volta Regional capital, a study by the Development Office of the Municipal Assembly has stated.
The study said 60 per cent of the cases reside and “do everything” in the street while 40 per cent sell in the central business district from morning to evening.
Mr Alex Kwasi Akpo, Chairman, Gender and Children Sub-Committee disclosed findings of the study to the GNA on the sidelines of a forum to sensitise schoolchildren and community folks to the practice and teenage pregnancy.
He said most of the children were from seven to 17 years and trafficked to Ho as house-helps but found their ways onto the street for various reasons.
Mr Akpo said a few of the trafficked children were enrolled in schools but dropped out and loiter around street corners and drinking bars.
He said the introduction of the children to economic activities was making it difficult to take them off the street.
Mr Akpo said the Assembly was working on a rescue strategy, after which parents and guardians of such children would be prosecuted.
Mr Israel Akrobotu, Regional Director, Department of Children, said it was unfortunate that some parents believe children should be responsible for their survival and that of their families.
He urged the Assembly to maintain children welfare plans in their development agenda.
Ms Comfort Ablometi, Regional Director, Department of Women, said bad parenting remained a major cause of ‘streetism’ and teenage pregnancy in Ho.