into slavery on the Volta Lake were
rescued in 2015 by Challenging Heights,
a non-governmental organisation.
Another 118 survivors were provided
comprehensive medical, psychological,
physical, social and educational
rehabilitation at its shelter during that
Out of that, 74 of the survivors were
reintegrated with their families after
spending between three and nine
months at the Challenging Height's
Shelter, the 2015 Annual Report of the
NGO has revealed.
Additional 82 children who had already
been reintegrated with their families,
guardians and caregivers were also
monitored at home, school and provided
with educational and material support.
Child trafficking and forced labour
remains a significant problem in Ghana
with both the total number and the
proportion of children in child labour
increasing in recent years.
Data from the Ghana Statistical Service
indicates that 1.9 million children aged
5-17 are engaged in child labour with 1.2
million of the children engaged in
Ghana was downgraded to the Tier 2
Watch-List status in the 2015 Trafficking
in Persons (TiP) report as Government
efforts were deemed insufficient to
tackle the problem of hundreds of
thousands of people trapped in modern
slavery; including an estimated 21,000
children trapped in hazardous labour on
the Volta Lake.