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The star, 38, recently visited Ghana on behalf of Action Aid, where she learned how teenage girls are being abducted and forced into marriage.
Speaking on the morning programme, she said: 'Obviously we are all aware of arranged marriages but I didn't realise to the extreme how these girls are forced into marriage and at such a young age.'They can literally be taken and that happens, that's the heartbreaking thing. 'I met a young lady who had a one-month-old baby and I was thinking about my daughter.
'The girls are so poor and desperate for money and get tricked into thinking men can offer them a better life.'Sometimes the families are threatened when they tried to rescue the girls. In the country, one in five girls marry before their 18th birthday and 50 girls are abducted every year in the Upper West region of Ghana.The charity also runs girls clubs where children are educated about their rights and are encouraged to stay in schools.Alesha was praised for her appearance and bringing to light such a serious issue.The Foundation has introduced a number of initiatives to drive its new strategic objective of becoming a technology-oriented Foundation, combining charity work with technology to deliver transformational projects that improve and enhance the living conditions of Ghanaians In partnership with the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), the Vodafone Ghana Foundation introduced the Healthline Voice Message service; a free voice service which offers weekly messages on Health including Ebola to Ghanaians.This is delivered in English and four other key local languages.