Tens of thousands of children—some as young as four—are being forced to work 12-hour days in the fishing industry on Ghana’s Lake Volta. During a recent investigation, boat masters told us they go to far-off villages and buy very young boys, because the youngest are easiest to control. One man personally showed us six boys for sale at 150 dollars each.
The IJM team met boys wearing dirty ragged clothing. Most of them had distended stomachs, skin diseases, hair falling out, and open sores and wounds. Their arms and bodies are left deeply scarred from pulling up massive nets full of fish with sharp teeth or spikes.
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