Support Trafficked Children in Ghana

Support Trafficked Children in Ghana

While most children their age are either at school or playing with their friends, trafficked children who work in the fishing industry in Ghana are forced to work under the searing heat of the sun. Bonded into labour due to poverty, these children (some as young as 4 years old) spend their days on Lake Volta – paddling boats, collecting fish, diving under water to disentangle nets, or working as domestic helpers in fishermen's homes. They are not given the opportunity to go to school and are often ill-treated and malnourished.

Since 2002, IOM Ghana and its partner NGOs and Government agencies have been working to rescue trafficked children from the fishing communities of Yeji, in the Brong-Ahafo Region and Kete-Krachi and Kpando in the Volta Region of Ghana. Through the programme, IOM Ghana has rescued over 700 children who were subjected to exploitative labour. After their rescue, children participate in rehabilitation exercises and are reintegrated into their communities of origin.