Close to 200,000 Ghanaians in modern slavery — Report

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Slavery still seems to be a problem even in the 21st century, says

anti slavery campaign group "Walk Free" whose recent report reveals

some 200,000 Ghanaians are living as modern slaves.

The group's Global Slavery Index indicates that among 167 countries

surveyed, Ghana ranked 21st representing a drop by three places from

last year's 18th position.

According to the global slavery index, sectors in Ghana most affected

by modern slavery are small scale fishing, small scale mining,

domestic service and agriculture.

Poverty is a push factor forcing parents to send their young children

away from home to work and be trained elsewhere.

Trafficked children often engage in mining, especially illegal

artisanal gold mining locally known as galamsey.

The report also claims commercial sexual exploitation of children is

prevalent in the Volta region and on the increase in the oil rich

western region.

Ghanaian women and children are also recruited and transported to

Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, Western Europe and the United States, and some

are subjected to for forced (domestic) labour and commercial sexual


The group has called for coordinated approach by government, community

empowerment, supply chain improvements and greater integration with

all key stakeholders in dealing with the problem.

Technical Advisor to the Ministry for Gender, Children and Social

Protection, Edmund Folley, said "If you look like the figures [from

the research], it may look like a very small percentage of our

population…They are most children, women, people living in extreme

poverty in our country. They are more vulnerable to being trafficked"

He has also called for joint efforts between citizens and government

institutions to deal with the problem.

Credit: Myjoyonline

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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