24 Trafficked Boys Rescued on Ghana’s Lake Volta
24 Abused Boys Rescued On Lake Volta
According to a report from Yahoo Finance, 24 boys were rescued from fishing boats on Ghana’s Lake Volta towards the end of January with 16 arrests being made.
From Yahoo Finance:
WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwired – February 13, 2017) – On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 24 boys were rescued from fishing boats on Ghana’s Lake Volta. International Justice Mission (IJM), the world’s largest international anti-slavery organization, worked side-by-side with the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) and Marine Police of the Ghana Police Service to rescue the two dozen boys — the youngest only seven years-old — and arrest 16 suspects…
…Nearly 50,000 children work in Ghana’s fishing industry, with tens of thousands working on Lake Volta alone, according to the Ghana Statistical Service. A 2013 IJM study revealed that nearly 60% of the children encountered on the Lake were believed to be trafficked and that more than half of the children were 10 years of age or less. Forced to work long hours — in some cases under violent abuse — and with very little sleep and sustenance, the conditions are horrific and unrelenting.
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