Gabon police rescue 140 trafficked children

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LYON, France  - Interpol says police have raided markets in Gabon and rescued more than 140 children, some just six years old, who had been trafficked from 10 different countries to work as forced labour.

A statement said police also arrested 44 people in the Dec. 9 to 11 Interpol-led operation in the central African country's capital, Libreville, for detaining the children.

The international police organization said on Monday that some of the children were forced to carry heavy goods while others sold products.

The statement did not specify where the children came from or how they got to Gabon.

France-based Interpol said the investigation continues and more such operations are planned. Operations to combat child trafficking have also taken place in Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.

(AP)