Ghana’s Disposable Children
Ian Berry's book, 'Sold Into Slavery ' explores how in Ghana children as young as 4 or 5 are sold by their parents to local fishermen
On Lake Volta in Ghana, children as young as 4 or 5 are sold by their parents to local fishermen. This practice has been going on in the region for centuries. Children are useful to fishermen for their nimble fingers which are used, amongst other things, to unpick nets. After being sold into slavery to the fishermen, they receive no education, work long hours and are generally not well treated, living off leftover food from the adults’ table.