Combating Child Slavery
Ghana’s Lake Volta is among the world’s largest man-made lakes, covering 3,275 square miles. Thousands of children work in its massive fishing industry – and many of these children are held in slavery1. A July 2013 investigation conducted by IJM estimated that as many as 60% of the nearly 800 children we observed on the lake may be slaves. These children are abused and malnourished; their work is dangerous; and drowning and other hazards are a constant threat.
Though this form of slavery is brutal, there is hope. The Ghanaian government has expressed its serious commitment to addressing slavery on Lake Volta, and is eager to employ a proven model to combat slavery on the lake.
We are ready to help end slavery in Ghana.