CNN reports of over 20,000 child slaves on the Volta; Ghanaians and gov't angry

CNN reports of over 20,000 child slaves on the Volta; Ghanaians and gov't angry

International broadcaster CNN has reported that there are thousands of child slaves being exploited on the Volta Lake and this has generated a fierce backlash among Ghanaians.

The CNN special report held that most of the children come to the lake from villages situated hundreds of miles away.

Poor parents were mentioned as the ones selling their children to human traffickers, for as little as $250 or around GHC 1,200.

Interestingly, this is not the first time reports have surfaced on thousands of kids in bondage on the Volta. research shows evidence of reports going back to 2007.

And in 2018, the news portal,, reported that 49,000 kids have been held under regrettable conditions and being forced for profiteering activities on the Volta Lake.

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Clearly, there are problems of underaged children sold into forced service on the Volta Lake. And so why are Ghanaians incensed at the CNN report?

The elements of CNN's Freedom Project report include international Ghanaian reggae artiste, Rocky Dawuni lending legitimacy to the report. CNN also claims the number of children in forced labour on the Volta Lake are in the tens of thousands.

Meanwhile, according to, the government of Ghana has protested against the CNN report citing its poor reflection of efforts by government to address the issue on the Volta Lake.

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Information minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, spoke with the broadcaster in a telephone conversation and subsequently, sent a letter to them on March 1, 2019.

The letter stated that although government acknowledges the problem, it held reservations over CNN's telling of the story and no mention of consistent government efforts aimed at rectifying the problem.

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