2016 Global Slavery Index shows more slaves are in Ghana

2016 Global Slavery Index shows more slaves are in Ghana

A report by the 2016 Global Slavery Index shows that 103,300 Ghanaians are living in modern slavery in the country.

According to the report Ghana's farming, fishing, retail sales, manual labour and factory sectors account for 85% of all cases of forced labour in the country.

 

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"The exploitation of children is prevalent in the [Sub Sahara] region. In Ghana, it is estimated that 21,000 child slaves currently work in the Ghanaian fishing industry along Lake Volta and its surrounds," the report indicates.

The Global Slavery Index which is spearheaded by the Walk Free Foundation, provides a country by country estimate of the number of people living in modern slavery in today's world and the steps being taken by governments to respond to this issue.

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A total of 167 countries were ranked in the 2016 study.  The report mentioned economic conditions, violent conflict and territorial displacement, in addition to widespread humanitarian and environmental crises as the factors accounting for modern slavery in the region.

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