A Day in the Life

The average day of a child slave

Many of the children working on Lake Volta are as young as five and six years old. Some of them have been sold for as little as $20.

young childThese children work fourteen hours a day, seven days a week fishing for their masters. A typical day includes going out on the lake around 4:30am to pull in the nets, returning around 9:00am.

Much of the day is spent pulling out fish, twigs, and debris from the nets and mending them. They return to the lake in the early evening hours to reset the nets for the night. The time on the lake includes paddling, scooping water out of leaky boats, and diving down in the water to free entangled nets.

The children usually eat one meal a day and sleep on the dirt floor of a hut filled with other slave children. Once the children reach a certain age, they assume the role of “master” and are able to obtain their own boat and trafficked children.