Barter trade has resurged in some fishing communities in the Central Region as some teenagers are reported to be trading sex for fish.
Efforts aimed at fighting teenage pregnancy, has not been effective due to the situation.
Statistics reaching akrasibridget.com indicates that, 497 teenagers got pregnant between January and September this year in the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem (KEEA) municipality alone.
Abura Asebu Kwamankese district also recorded 280 teenage pregnancies in the district for the first half of 2017.
A forum on teenage pregnancy was organised in Cape Coast by the Ghana Health service with support from the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) to empower queen mothers to help fight teenage pregnancy in the region.
Contributors at the forum revealed teenagers were exchanging sex for money and fish from fishermen to sell to support family income and make ends meet.
The one-day forum was attended by about 40 queen mothers from the KEEA and Abura Asebu Kwamankese districts to discuss issues affecting young people, particularly issues that can better lives of girls.
Mrs. Juliana Armah, the District Director of Nursing Services for the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem Municipality, said some of the teenagers were dropouts from a poor background or broken homes.
She therefore called on the general public to help end the menace as it is destroying the future of teenage girls.
She then advised parents to be proactive in catering for their wards as their inability to do so is causing the teenage girls to resort to other negative ways , including exchanging sex for fish to make ends meet.
Source : akrasibridget.com